Misato Mochizuki (*1969) Die große Bäckereiattacke
Chamber Opera based on a Short Story by Haruki Murakami 2008 Text: Yohanan Kaldi
solos: SSCounterTTBarBBarB choir: 4T3B (soloistic) ensemble: 2fl(A-fl).2clar(B-clar).sax.bsn(dble bsn) – hn.trp.bsne – 2perc – guit(E-guit) – acc – 2vl.2va.vc.db – live electronic
World premiere: Lucerne, Theater, January 24, 2009
Commissioned by netzzeit, Lucerne Theatre, OperaGenesis-Foundatione/ROH2
Libretto: Yohanan Kaldi (based on a short story by Haruki Murakami), German translation: Reinhard Palm
One evening, shortly after their wedding, a couple is seized by an incredible, existential feeling of hunger. It is a mythical hunger that manifests itself in the husband’s fantasy vision of himself sitting in a boat and looking at a volcano on the bottom of the sea. When his wife questions him about this, he tells her about a robbery in a bakery which he committed with a buddy during his student days, and which went awry in a most unusual manner. The baker, a Communist and passionate Wagner fan, proposed them an exchange: the two could eat as much bread as they wanted, but in compensation, they had to listen to Wagner. His wife is now certain that the bakery attack brought a curse to her husband, which has now leapt over to her too. They must now rob a bakery in order to banish the curse.
The point of departure of this music-theater project was an international libretto competition won by the conductor, dramaturge and author Yohanan Kaldi.
(Lucerne Theater, programme 2008/09)
Fukunaka, Fuyuko: Narrative, Voice and Reality in the Operas by Hosokawa Toshio and Mochizuki Misato, in: Vocal Music and Contemporary Identities. Unlimited Voices in East Asia and the West (= Routledge Research in Music 3), hrsg. von Christian Utz und Frederick Lau, London und New York: Routledge 2013, pp. 116-132.