Independent Opera | BIEDERMANN AND THE ARSONISTS – Extract & intro.

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Independent Opera | Biedermann and the Arsonists

Independent Opera | BIEDERMANN AND THE ARSONISTS – Extract & intro.

Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells marked its 10th year with the UK premiere of Šimon Voseček’s opera, BIEDERMANN AND THE ARSONISTS.

Based on Max Frisch’s classic absurdist play, it is an engrossing tale of human cowardice and liberal guilt. Director Max Hoehn, winner of the 2015 Independent Opera Director’s Fellowship, emphasised the grotesquerie and menace inherent in the score, juxtaposing the well-ordered domestic world of the Biedermanns with the stylised chaos of the arsonists. A distinguished and committed cast, including Mark Le Brocq (Biedermann) and Leigh Melrose (Schmitz), hurled themselves into their roles in David Pountney’s English translation, accompanied by the Britten Sinfonia under conductor Tim Redmond.

 

Music and libretto by Šimon Voseček

After the play by Max Frisch

English Translation by David Pountney

 

Conductor: Timothy Redmond

Director: Max Hoehn

Designer: Jemima Robinson

Lighting Designer: Giuseppe di Iorio

Video Designer: Daniel Denton

Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia

 

Biedermann - Mark Le Brocq

Babette - Alinka Kozári

Schmitz - Leigh Melrose

Eisenring - Matthew Hargreaves

Anna - Raphaela Papadakis

Firemen - Adam Sullivan, Johnny Herford, Bradley Travis

Policeman - Laurence North

Filming: Eyetidy / PLN

Director/Vision Mixer: Sonia Lovett