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Death Knocks

Death Knocks

Opera in one act after the same named play by Woody Allen

for mezzo-soprano, baritone and chamber ensemble

Deutsche Textfassung von Esther Ferrier


  • Instrumentation: Mezzosoprano, baritone and chamber ensemble
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English - German

 
Description
New York, somewhere in Manhattan. The city is pulsating in the heat as Nat Ackermann, a successful garment manufacturer, makes himself comfortable for the evening. While he reads the paper suddenly an attractive but quite confused woman falls right through his window into his living room. Of course he doesn’t believe her when she tells him that she is the personification of Death. He is feeling fit as a fiddle, has just completed a merger with a famous company and isn’t ready to leave. The lady starts to doubt whether she did everything right. Maybe she mixed up addresses, because this is her first commission? Nat, who is realising the seriousness of the situation, tries to engage the personification of Death in conversation to try to trick the lady by using a little cunning. He persuades her to play Gin Rummy.
Death, stressed out and tired of Nat’s resistance, agrees: if Death wins, Nat will follow her. If Nat wins, he will get one more day to live. Night sets in and with it the game between life and Death starts. While the personification of Death is concentrating on her cards, Nat tries to find out more about dying and the hereafter. He constantly digs deeper and asks a lot of questions so that Death gets nervous and is thoroughly beaten. This failure in her first job saps her selfconfidence. Certain of his victory, Nat throws Death out of his home and suspects that he will cope with Death more easily in the future. (Christian Jost)
Details
Auftragswerk : komponiert im Auftrag der internationalen niedersächsischen Musiktage
Performance duration: 35'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 29. September 2001 Hannover (D) · Stella Doufexis, Mezzosopran; Sebastian Noack, Bariton · Dirigent: Christian Jost · Linos Ensemble (konzertante Uraufführung)

6. Mai 2005 Erfurt, Theater, Studio (D) · Elvira Soukop, Mezzosopran; Juan Carlos Mera-Euler, Bariton · Dirigent: Karl Prokopetz · Inszenierung: Eszter Szabó · Kostüme: Benita Roth · Bühnenbild: Benita Roth (szenische Uraufführung)
Year of composition: 2001
instrumentation: Klar. · Fg. · Trp. · Pos. · Vibr. · Drumset · Vl. · Kb.
occupation: Death in person · Mezzosopran - Nat Ackerman, a dress manufacturer · Bariton
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
Conductor: Martin Spahr
2016-04-23 | Gießen (Germany), Stadttheater, taT-studiobühne — 20:00
Conductor: Martin Spahr
2016-03-28 | Gießen (Germany), Stadttheater, taT-studiobühne — 20:00
2016-03-06 | Tutzing (Germany), Evangelische Akademie — 18:00
2016-03-05 | München (Germany), Max-Joseph-Saal — 20:00
Conductor: Martin Spahr
2016-03-05 | Gießen (Germany), Stadttheater, taT-studiobühne — 20:00
Conductor: Martin Spahr
2016-02-19 | Gießen (Germany), Stadttheater, taT-studiobühne — 20:00
Conductor: Martin Spahr
2016-01-15 | Gießen (Germany), Stadttheater, taT-studiobühne — 20:00
Conductor: Martin Spahr
2015-12-30 | Gießen (Germany), Stadttheater, taT-studiobühne — 20:00
Conductor: Martin Spahr
2015-12-20 | Gießen (Germany), Stadttheater, taT-studiobühne — 20:00 | First Night
Conductor: Martin Spahr
2015-12-09 | Gießen (Germany), Stadttheater, taT-studiobühne — 20:00 - Kostprobe
Conductor: Gad Kadosh
2015-02-15 | Heidelberg (Germany), Zwinger 1
Conductor: Gad Kadosh
2014-10-31 | Heidelberg (Germany), Zwinger 1
Conductor: Gad Kadosh
2014-10-25 | Heidelberg (Germany), Zwinger 1
Conductor: Gad Kadosh
2014-10-15 | Heidelberg (Germany), Zwinger 1 | First Night
Conductor: Gad Kadosh
2014-10-05 | Heidelberg (Germany), US-Hospital — Vor-Premiere im Rahmen des Theaterspektakels \"Born with the USA\"
Conductor: Gad Kadosh
2014-10-04 | Heidelberg (Germany), US-Hospital — Vor-Premiere im Rahmen des Theaterspektakels \"Born with the USA\"
Conductor: Gad Kadosh
2014-10-03 | Heidelberg (Germany), US-Hospital — Vor-Premiere im Rahmen des Theaterspektakels \"Born with the USA\"
Conductor: Martin Schelhaas
2013-05-17 | Schwerin (Germany), Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater, E-Werk
Conductor: Martin Schelhaas
2013-05-08 | Schwerin (Germany), Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater, E-Werk
Conductor: Martin Schelhaas
2013-04-28 | Schwerin (Germany), Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater, E-Werk
Conductor: Martin Schelhaas
2013-04-05 | Schwerin (Germany), Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater, E-Werk
Conductor: Martin Schelhaas
2013-03-09 | Schwerin (Germany), Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater, E-Werk
Conductor: Martin Schelhaas
2013-03-02 | Schwerin (Germany), Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater, E-Werk | First Night
Conductor: Frank Zielhorst
Orchestra: Nieuw Haags Ensemble
2012-09-15 | Den Haag (Netherlands), Theater Dakota
Conductor: Frank Zielhorst
Orchestra: Nieuw Haags Ensemble
2012-08-16 | Radio Kootwijk (Netherlands), Theaterloods Kootwijk
Conductor: Frank Zielhorst
Orchestra: Nieuw Haags Ensemble
2012-08-14 | Nunspeet (Netherlands), Veluvine
Conductor: Frank Zielhorst
Orchestra: Nieuw Haags Ensemble
2012-08-13 | Ermelo (Netherlands), Theater de Dialoog
Conductor: Frank Zielhorst
Orchestra: Nieuw Haags Ensemble
2012-08-09 | Radio Kootwijk (Netherlands), De Theaterloods Kootwijk | national Premiere
Conductor: Misha Santora
Orchestra: Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra
2011-06-12 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), College Conservatory of Music — 14.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Magnus-Cosmas Piontek
Orchestra: Ensemble Brumalis
2011-03-19 | Köln (Germany), Kammermusiksaal der Hochschule — 19.30 h
Conductor: Magnus-Cosmas Piontek
Orchestra: Ensemble Brumalis
2011-03-18 | Köln (Germany), Kammermusiksaal der Hochschule — 19.30 h | First Night
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-12-07 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-12-01 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-11-20 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-11-13 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-11-06 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-10-21 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-10-05 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-09-22 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-09-15 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-09-07 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-09-04 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus | First Night
Conductor: Alexander Soddy
2009-07-12 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper, Opera stabile — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Alexander Soddy
2009-07-10 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper, Opera stabile — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Alexander Soddy
2009-07-08 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper, Opera stabile — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Alexander Soddy
2009-07-06 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper, Opera stabile — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Alexander Soddy
2009-07-04 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper, Opera stabile — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Alexander Soddy
2009-07-02 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper, Opera stabile — 20.00 Uhr | First Night
Conductor: Lorenz C. Aichner
2009-02-13 | Hof (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Lorenz C. Aichner
2009-02-12 | Hof (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Lorenz C. Aichner
2009-01-28 | Hof (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Lorenz C. Aichner
2009-01-27 | Hof (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Lorenz C. Aichner
2009-01-23 | Hof (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Lorenz C. Aichner
2009-01-22 | Hof (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr | First Night
Conductor: Christian Jost
Orchestra: Ensemble UnitedBerlin
2008-12-01 | Berlin (Germany), Komische Oper, Foyer — 20.00 Uhr - Christian Jost - composer in residence
Conductor: Jerker Johansson
2008-01-21 | Göteborg (Sweden), Kronhuset — 19.00 h
Conductor: Jerker Johansson
2008-01-20 | Göteborg (Sweden), Kronhuset — 18.00 h
Conductor: Jerker Johansson
2008-01-18 | Göteborg (Sweden), Kronhuset — 19.00 h
Conductor: Jerker Johansson
2008-01-17 | Göteborg (Sweden), Kronhuset — 19.00 h
Conductor: Jerker Johansson
2008-01-16 | Göteborg (Sweden), Kronhuset — 19.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Christian Jost
Orchestra: Jerusalem Festival Ensemble
2005-09-10 | Jerusalem (Israel), YMCA Concert Hall — 19.30 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Christian Jost
Orchestra: Mitglieder der Berliner Philharmoniker
2005-08-21 | Braubach (Germany), Barbarakirche — 19.00 Uhr - Mittelrhein Musik Momente
Conductor: Christian Jost
Orchestra: Mitglieder der Berliner Philharmoniker
2005-08-19 | Friedberg (Germany), Stadthalle — 20.30 Uhr - Friedberger Musiksommer
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2005-06-18 | Erfurt (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2005-06-16 | Erfurt (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2005-06-12 | Erfurt (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2005-06-09 | Erfurt (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2005-05-20 | Erfurt (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2005-05-06 | Erfurt (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr | World Premiere
Conductor: Christian Jost
Orchestra: Linos Ensemble
2001-09-29 | Hannover (Germany) | World Premiere
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New York, somewhere in Manhattan. The city is pulsating in the heat as Nat Ackermann, a successful garment manufacturer, makes himself comfortable for the evening. While he reads the paper suddenly an attractive but quite confused woman falls right through his window into his living room. Of course he doesn’t believe her when she tells him that she is the personification of Death. He is feeling fit as a fiddle, has just completed a merger with a famous company and isn’t ready to leave. The lady starts to doubt whether she did everything right. Maybe she mixed up addresses, because this is her first commission? Nat, who is realising the seriousness of the situation, tries to engage the personification of Death in conversation to try to trick the lady by using a little cunning. He persuades her to play Gin Rummy.
Death, stressed out and tired of Nat’s resistance, agrees: if Death wins, Nat will follow her. If Nat wins, he will get one more day to live. Night sets in and with it the game between life and Death starts. While the personification of Death is concentrating on her cards, Nat tries to find out more about dying and the hereafter. He constantly digs deeper and asks a lot of questions so that Death gets nervous and is thoroughly beaten. This failure in her first job saps her selfconfidence. Certain of his victory, Nat throws Death out of his home and suspects that he will cope with Death more easily in the future. (Christian Jost)
Auftragswerk : komponiert im Auftrag der internationalen niedersächsischen Musiktage
Performance duration: 35'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 29. September 2001 Hannover (D) · Stella Doufexis, Mezzosopran; Sebastian Noack, Bariton · Dirigent: Christian Jost · Linos Ensemble (konzertante Uraufführung)

6. Mai 2005 Erfurt, Theater, Studio (D) · Elvira Soukop, Mezzosopran; Juan Carlos Mera-Euler, Bariton · Dirigent: Karl Prokopetz · Inszenierung: Eszter Szabó · Kostüme: Benita Roth · Bühnenbild: Benita Roth (szenische Uraufführung)
Year of composition: 2001
instrumentation: Klar. · Fg. · Trp. · Pos. · Vibr. · Drumset · Vl. · Kb.
occupation: Death in person · Mezzosopran - Nat Ackerman, a dress manufacturer · Bariton
Delivery rights: worldwide
Conductor: Martin Spahr
2016-04-23 | Gießen (Germany), Stadttheater, taT-studiobühne — 20:00
Conductor: Martin Spahr
2016-03-28 | Gießen (Germany), Stadttheater, taT-studiobühne — 20:00
2016-03-06 | Tutzing (Germany), Evangelische Akademie — 18:00
2016-03-05 | München (Germany), Max-Joseph-Saal — 20:00
Conductor: Martin Spahr
2016-03-05 | Gießen (Germany), Stadttheater, taT-studiobühne — 20:00
Conductor: Martin Spahr
2016-02-19 | Gießen (Germany), Stadttheater, taT-studiobühne — 20:00
Conductor: Martin Spahr
2016-01-15 | Gießen (Germany), Stadttheater, taT-studiobühne — 20:00
Conductor: Martin Spahr
2015-12-30 | Gießen (Germany), Stadttheater, taT-studiobühne — 20:00
Conductor: Martin Spahr
2015-12-20 | Gießen (Germany), Stadttheater, taT-studiobühne — 20:00 | First Night
Conductor: Martin Spahr
2015-12-09 | Gießen (Germany), Stadttheater, taT-studiobühne — 20:00 - Kostprobe
Conductor: Gad Kadosh
2015-02-15 | Heidelberg (Germany), Zwinger 1
Conductor: Gad Kadosh
2014-10-31 | Heidelberg (Germany), Zwinger 1
Conductor: Gad Kadosh
2014-10-25 | Heidelberg (Germany), Zwinger 1
Conductor: Gad Kadosh
2014-10-15 | Heidelberg (Germany), Zwinger 1 | First Night
Conductor: Gad Kadosh
2014-10-05 | Heidelberg (Germany), US-Hospital — Vor-Premiere im Rahmen des Theaterspektakels \"Born with the USA\"
Conductor: Gad Kadosh
2014-10-04 | Heidelberg (Germany), US-Hospital — Vor-Premiere im Rahmen des Theaterspektakels \"Born with the USA\"
Conductor: Gad Kadosh
2014-10-03 | Heidelberg (Germany), US-Hospital — Vor-Premiere im Rahmen des Theaterspektakels \"Born with the USA\"
Conductor: Martin Schelhaas
2013-05-17 | Schwerin (Germany), Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater, E-Werk
Conductor: Martin Schelhaas
2013-05-08 | Schwerin (Germany), Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater, E-Werk
Conductor: Martin Schelhaas
2013-04-28 | Schwerin (Germany), Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater, E-Werk
Conductor: Martin Schelhaas
2013-04-05 | Schwerin (Germany), Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater, E-Werk
Conductor: Martin Schelhaas
2013-03-09 | Schwerin (Germany), Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater, E-Werk
Conductor: Martin Schelhaas
2013-03-02 | Schwerin (Germany), Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater, E-Werk | First Night
Conductor: Frank Zielhorst
Orchestra: Nieuw Haags Ensemble
2012-09-15 | Den Haag (Netherlands), Theater Dakota
Conductor: Frank Zielhorst
Orchestra: Nieuw Haags Ensemble
2012-08-16 | Radio Kootwijk (Netherlands), Theaterloods Kootwijk
Conductor: Frank Zielhorst
Orchestra: Nieuw Haags Ensemble
2012-08-14 | Nunspeet (Netherlands), Veluvine
Conductor: Frank Zielhorst
Orchestra: Nieuw Haags Ensemble
2012-08-13 | Ermelo (Netherlands), Theater de Dialoog
Conductor: Frank Zielhorst
Orchestra: Nieuw Haags Ensemble
2012-08-09 | Radio Kootwijk (Netherlands), De Theaterloods Kootwijk | national Premiere
Conductor: Misha Santora
Orchestra: Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra
2011-06-12 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), College Conservatory of Music — 14.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Magnus-Cosmas Piontek
Orchestra: Ensemble Brumalis
2011-03-19 | Köln (Germany), Kammermusiksaal der Hochschule — 19.30 h
Conductor: Magnus-Cosmas Piontek
Orchestra: Ensemble Brumalis
2011-03-18 | Köln (Germany), Kammermusiksaal der Hochschule — 19.30 h | First Night
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-12-07 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-12-01 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-11-20 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-11-13 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-11-06 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-10-21 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-10-05 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-09-22 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-09-15 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-09-07 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2010-09-04 | Oldenburg (Germany), Staatstheater, Kleines Haus | First Night
Conductor: Alexander Soddy
2009-07-12 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper, Opera stabile — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Alexander Soddy
2009-07-10 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper, Opera stabile — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Alexander Soddy
2009-07-08 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper, Opera stabile — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Alexander Soddy
2009-07-06 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper, Opera stabile — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Alexander Soddy
2009-07-04 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper, Opera stabile — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Alexander Soddy
2009-07-02 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper, Opera stabile — 20.00 Uhr | First Night
Conductor: Lorenz C. Aichner
2009-02-13 | Hof (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Lorenz C. Aichner
2009-02-12 | Hof (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Lorenz C. Aichner
2009-01-28 | Hof (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Lorenz C. Aichner
2009-01-27 | Hof (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Lorenz C. Aichner
2009-01-23 | Hof (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Lorenz C. Aichner
2009-01-22 | Hof (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr | First Night
Conductor: Christian Jost
Orchestra: Ensemble UnitedBerlin
2008-12-01 | Berlin (Germany), Komische Oper, Foyer — 20.00 Uhr - Christian Jost - composer in residence
Conductor: Jerker Johansson
2008-01-21 | Göteborg (Sweden), Kronhuset — 19.00 h
Conductor: Jerker Johansson
2008-01-20 | Göteborg (Sweden), Kronhuset — 18.00 h
Conductor: Jerker Johansson
2008-01-18 | Göteborg (Sweden), Kronhuset — 19.00 h
Conductor: Jerker Johansson
2008-01-17 | Göteborg (Sweden), Kronhuset — 19.00 h
Conductor: Jerker Johansson
2008-01-16 | Göteborg (Sweden), Kronhuset — 19.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Christian Jost
Orchestra: Jerusalem Festival Ensemble
2005-09-10 | Jerusalem (Israel), YMCA Concert Hall — 19.30 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Christian Jost
Orchestra: Mitglieder der Berliner Philharmoniker
2005-08-21 | Braubach (Germany), Barbarakirche — 19.00 Uhr - Mittelrhein Musik Momente
Conductor: Christian Jost
Orchestra: Mitglieder der Berliner Philharmoniker
2005-08-19 | Friedberg (Germany), Stadthalle — 20.30 Uhr - Friedberger Musiksommer
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2005-06-18 | Erfurt (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2005-06-16 | Erfurt (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2005-06-12 | Erfurt (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2005-06-09 | Erfurt (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2005-05-20 | Erfurt (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Karl Prokopetz
2005-05-06 | Erfurt (Germany), Theater, Studio — 20.00 Uhr | World Premiere
Conductor: Christian Jost
Orchestra: Linos Ensemble
2001-09-29 | Hannover (Germany) | World Premiere