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KEPLER - an opera by Philip Glass - Landestheater Linz - Linz09
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In september 2009, Peter Missotten directed ’KEPLER’ - a new opera by Philip Glass - for the Landestheater Linz and Linz09. He was also responsible for the rather radical stage design.
Dennis Russell Davies conducted the Bruckner Orchestra. Martina Winkel wrote the libretto.
The perpetual movement of the planets is transformed into a perpetual evolving stage in which the outside world profoundly influences the actions of the singers.

The opera was very well received and performed 18 times - so far. It was broadcasted live in HD throughout cinemas in Austria, and broadcasted in Austria/Germany by ORF and 3SAT. The video registration of 'KEPLER' by Philip Glass is out on DVD. You can get it at and


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Directed by Peter Missotten
Assistant: Joost Steltenpool
Libretto: Martina Winkel
Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies / Ingo Ingensand
Set, light and video: Peter Missotten
Costumes: Karel van Laere
Choir: Georg Leopold
Dramaturgy: Klaus Peter Kehr
many thanks to Airan Berg for his support

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"The staging by the Belgian director Peter Missotten was also masterful, using video projections to translate the music into images as well as Kepler's calculations when studying the stars in search of world harmony."
Neues Volksblatt Sep. 2009 Georg Höfer

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Kepler: Martin Achrainer
Sopran 1: Cassandra McConnell / Alaine Rodin
Sopran 2: Cheryl Lichter / Karen Robertson
Mezzo: Elsa Giannoulidou / Katerina Hebelkova
Tenor: Iurie Ciobanu / Pedro Velázquez Díaz
Bariton: Seho Chang
Bass: Nikolai Galkin / Florian Spiess

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"La regia di Missotten è la parte più innovativa della serata. Sfrutta in modo peculiare gli ausili tecnologici (proiezioni, giochi di luce) e crea sulla scena, nonostante l’estrema economia di mezzi, l'impressione di un movimento perpetuo, astratto e geometrizzato."
"Missotten's direction is the most innovative part of the evening. He makes peculiar use of technological aids (projections, lighting effects) and creates on stage, despite the extreme economy of means, the impression of perpetual, abstract, geometrized movement."

Il Giornale della Musica Sept. 2009 Juri Giannini

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Philip Glass
Landestheater Linz