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 17 August 2016 at 8pm 


Bregenz Festival


Music director Dirk Kaftan
Stage director Johannes Erath
Set & costume designer Katrin Connan
Lighting Desinger Markus Holdermann
Dramaturg Olaf A. Schmitt
Sound director Norbert Ommer

Hanna Measha Brueggergosman
Joseph Holger Falk
Inge Annika Schlicht
Arbeiter/Simon Taylan Reinhard
Boss/Martin Maciej Idziorek

Ensemble Modern

Chamber opera (2011) libretto by Tom Holloway
after The Secret Life of Words by Isabel Coixet
First performance in Austria
Sung in English with German surtitles

Two people meet on a disused oil rig. They don't know each other; he can't see her and she doesn't want to listen to him. She looks after the injured man in a dispassionate way; he begins to desire the woman that helps him. Both harbour a dark secret that shapes their lives traumatically. In their inability to open up to another person, they both find a possibility for tentative trust. Isabel Coixet's film The Secret Life of Words has been adapted for the stage and the Czech composer Miroslav Srnka has produced a score of great sensitivity. It's only in singing that the two main characters Hanna and Joseph find a means of expressing themselves. They dampen down the noise of the outside world by the music that comes from inside them. Musicians acclaimed in the 2015 season soprano Measha Brueggergosman, baritone Holger Falk and Ensemble Modern will be returning to the Bregenz Festival this coming summer to give the work its first performance in Austria.

Miroslav Srnka : Make No Noise

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