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Jacob's Room

Jacob's Room

Chamber opera in one act

Libretto by Morton Subotnick

inspired by "Phaedrus" by Plato, "Eleni" by Nicholas Gage, "The Pit and the Trap" by Moshe Kohn, "The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival" by Alicia Partnoy,

"The Holocaust Kingdom: A Memoir" by Alexander Donat and "Jacob's Room" by Virginia Woolf


  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English

 
Description
Inspired by Phaedrus by Plato, Eleni by Nicholas Gage, The Pit and the Trap by Moshe Kohn, The Little School House by Alicia Partnoy and The Holocaust Kingdom by Alexander Donat and Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf. 

Morton Subotnick’s new chamber opera Jacob’s Room is set in the mind of a young man struggling with the loss of family in various worldwide calamities. Jacob tries to forget by turning inward, losing track of everything and everyone around him. He reads, studies and tries to absorb Platonic thought. A woman (the conscience of humanity) appears and forces him to confront his past, the horror and the pain of his loss and his feelings of guilt for having survived. Subotnick draws from multiple literary sources to create a contemporary parable, explicitly leaving out references to a specific time or location. Jacob’s Room is commissioned by Kunst aus der Zeit, Bregenzer Festspiele, and soniq performing arts, Berlin in cooperation with the American Academy, Berlin and supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Berlin.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Bregenz Festival - Art of our Times in cooperation with soniq performing arts, Berlin
Performance duration: 75'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 5. August 2010 Bregenz, Werktstattbühne (A) Bregenzer Festspiele 2010 · Ruth Rosenfeld, Sopran; Katharina von Bülow, Mezzosopran; Florian Just, hoher Bariton; Tom Sol, Bassbariton · Dirigent: Ari Benjamin Meyers · Inszenierung: Mirella Weingarten · Kostüme: Mirella Weingarten · Bühnenbild: Mirella Weingarten
Year of composition: 2010
instrumentation: keyboard, 4 violoncellos and pre-recorded sounds
occupation: The Guide ∙ soprano - Mother ∙ mezzo-soprano - Jacob ∙ high baritone - Grandfather ∙ bass-baritone
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
2010-10-17 | Berlin (Germany), Radialsystem V
2010-10-16 | Berlin (Germany), Radialsystem V
Conductor: Ari Benjamin Meyers
2010-10-01 | Dresden (Germany), Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, Hellerau | national Premiere
Conductor: Ari Benjamin Meyers
2010-08-07 | Bregenz (Austria), Werktstattbühne
Conductor: Ari Benjamin Meyers
2010-08-05 | Bregenz (Austria), Werktstattbühne | World Premiere
Inspired by Phaedrus by Plato, Eleni by Nicholas Gage, The Pit and the Trap by Moshe Kohn, The Little School House by Alicia Partnoy and The Holocaust Kingdom by Alexander Donat and Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf. 

Morton Subotnick’s new chamber opera Jacob’s Room is set in the mind of a young man struggling with the loss of family in various worldwide calamities. Jacob tries to forget by turning inward, losing track of everything and everyone around him. He reads, studies and tries to absorb Platonic thought. A woman (the conscience of humanity) appears and forces him to confront his past, the horror and the pain of his loss and his feelings of guilt for having survived. Subotnick draws from multiple literary sources to create a contemporary parable, explicitly leaving out references to a specific time or location. Jacob’s Room is commissioned by Kunst aus der Zeit, Bregenzer Festspiele, and soniq performing arts, Berlin in cooperation with the American Academy, Berlin and supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Berlin.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Bregenz Festival - Art of our Times in cooperation with soniq performing arts, Berlin
Performance duration: 75'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 5. August 2010 Bregenz, Werktstattbühne (A) Bregenzer Festspiele 2010 · Ruth Rosenfeld, Sopran; Katharina von Bülow, Mezzosopran; Florian Just, hoher Bariton; Tom Sol, Bassbariton · Dirigent: Ari Benjamin Meyers · Inszenierung: Mirella Weingarten · Kostüme: Mirella Weingarten · Bühnenbild: Mirella Weingarten
Year of composition: 2010
instrumentation: keyboard, 4 violoncellos and pre-recorded sounds
occupation: The Guide ∙ soprano - Mother ∙ mezzo-soprano - Jacob ∙ high baritone - Grandfather ∙ bass-baritone
Delivery rights: worldwide
2010-10-17 | Berlin (Germany), Radialsystem V
2010-10-16 | Berlin (Germany), Radialsystem V
Conductor: Ari Benjamin Meyers
2010-10-01 | Dresden (Germany), Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, Hellerau | national Premiere
Conductor: Ari Benjamin Meyers
2010-08-07 | Bregenz (Austria), Werktstattbühne
Conductor: Ari Benjamin Meyers
2010-08-05 | Bregenz (Austria), Werktstattbühne | World Premiere