Commissioned by Das Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden

Unavailable for performance.

  • 2222/4221/timp/perc/synth/pn/str
  • soprano/mezz/alto/barithon/tenore/basso
  • 1 hr 40 min
    • 18th February 2023, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany
    • 1st March 2023, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany
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Programme Note

Oryx and Crake“ tells the story of the only human survivor on Earth. In flash-backs, revealing only bit by bit, we must ourselves put together the pieces of the drama that lead to the apocalypse. The opera unfolds within 24 hours, beginning at dawn and finishing the next morning.

Atwood’s love-triangle offers plenty of classic music drama, her dystopia is painted in complex, industrial soundscapes and the post-armageddon solitude in contemporary-contemplative open spaces. Electronics extend and augment the orchestral colours and help achieving the unreal „haunted“ atmosphere and the different reality levels of the protagonist’s memory.


  • Margaret Atwood inspires
    • Margaret Atwood inspires
    • Known for her powerful stories and her piercing depictions of the world, award-winning novelist Margaret Atwood has gone on to inspire the operatic world.

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