The True Story of King Kong

A chamber opera with puppets by Jeffrey Ching | Libretto by Roscha A. Säidow | Composition commissioned by the Theatre of Magdeburg | In cooperation with the Magdeburg Puppet Theatre | In English with German subtitles | Premiere

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Fascinated by the music of the Filipino-native, Chinese-British composer Jeffrey Ching and the energy of librettist and director Roscha A. Säidow’s puppet theatre, the Theatre of Magdeburg has once again commissioned a composition for a chamber opera. In ‘King Kong’ the two theatre artists have opted for an iconographic myth of the 20th century.

A godlike judge holds the protagonists of the famous story to account before a mythical court to determine the real circumstances of the death of King Kong. The perspectives of what happened are compared in flashbacks, whereby librettist and composer highlight the themes dealt with in the story such as power, corruption, western claims to hegemony and, of course, love, in bizarre fashion, inextricably linking the worlds of opera and puppet theatre in the process.

 

 

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Premiere
Sa. 16. 3. 2019

Musikalische Leitung Kiril Stankow
Regie Roscha A. Säidow
Bühne Julia Plickat
Kostüme Kerstin Schmidt
Puppenbau Magdalena Roth
Video Roman Hagenbrock
Dramaturgie Ulrike Schröder, Anna-Maria Polke

SängerInnen
Ann / Sopran 1 Lauren Urquhart
Miranda / Alt 1 Andión Fernández
Denham / Tenor 1 Bradley Smith
Kong / Bass 1 James Bobby
Junge in New York / Sopran 2 Polly Ott
Richter / Alt 2 Caitlin Redding
Kellner / Tenor 2 Kim Schrader
Polizeichef / Bass 2 Nicholas Morris

PuppenspielerInnen
Ann Leonie Euler
Denham Anna Wiesemeier
Miranda / Polizist Freda Winter
Kong / Schöffe Richard Barborka
Kellner / Polizeichef Leonhard Schubert
Junge / Schöffe / Polizist Claudia Luise Bose

Live-Video Anna Motzel

Magdeburgische Philharmonie

 

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