" Der Mieter (2017) "
- Nominated for : The Musical Composition Prize 2021
Opéra en 3 actes
I. Der neue Mieter
Livret de Händl Klaus, d’après Le locataire chimérique de Roland Topor
d’après Le locataire chimérique de Roland Topor
> Commande de Städtische Bühnen Frankfurt am Main.
> Création le 12 novembre 2017, Opéra de Francfort.
Georg Björn Bürger / Johanna Anja Petersen
Herr Zenk Alfred Reiter / Frau Bach Hanna Schwarz
Frau Greiner Claudia Mahnke / Frau Dorn Judita Nagyová
Körner Michael Porter / Krell Theo Lebow
Ingo,Kellner Sebastian Geyer / Herr Kögel Miki Stojanov
Orchester Frankfurter Opern-und Museums orchester
Chor Philharmonia Chor Wien
Dirigent Kazushi Ōno
Chorleitung Walter Zeh / Regie Johannes Erath
Bühnenbild Kaspar Glarner / Kostüme Katharina Tasch
Licht Joachim Klein / Video Bibi Abel
Sound design Jos h Jürgen Martin / Dramaturgie Zsolt Horpácsy
Because of the current housing shortage, Georg is pleased to have found a flat. The previous tenant died by throwing herself out the window.
Yet, Georg’s neighbours began interfering in his life and habits as soon as he moved in. At first, they simply complained about alleged noise (knocking on the door, advising him to wear slippers). Then, Georg had to participate in the expulsion of neighbours. All these events took place in a growing climate of fear, intimidation and, what weighs most, Georg’s gradual self-limitation and previous submission. Since he cannot afford to lose his dwelling, his radius of action and movement keeps on shrinking. The (vital) space around him literally shrivels. But it is never clear whether this is a real threat or exists only in his mind, like a mounting paranoia. Thus, Georg is driven towards total loss of his identity: he gradually develops the idea that he is being forced to suffer the same fate as the flat’s previous tenant. In the end, Georg must become one with the previous tenant. Thus, not only does he lose his identity as Georg, he also switches from being a man to being a woman, after which he, too, commits suicide.
Der Mieter is an opera loosely based on the themes addressed in Roland Topor’s novel Le locataire chimérique, which inspired Roman Polanski’s film The Tenant.