ahat-ilī - sister of gods

for two sopranos, mezzo-soprano / alto, countertenor, three baritones, mixed choir, cymbals, percussion, strings and synthesizer (2018)

libretto: Olga Tokarczuk

The opera to the libretto by Olga Tokarczuk, based on her novel Anna In in the Tombs of the World tells anew one of the oldest myths, a story about descending to underworlds, about the fight fought there and about the consequences of these events. The heroes of the stories are divine, human and demonic figures guided by various mysterious forces, intertwined with a network of fatal relations. The main character is, contrary to the original myth, not a god but a human-woman trying to find her place in the world ruled by gods, understand this world and save it from a catastrophe prepared by the gods. There will be no end to the world, but it is man who must make the final sacrifice to keep God's order.

The heroes use different languages; human figures in English, divine Akkadian, Old Latin, Ancient Greek and Church Slavonic, and demonic Aztec.

 

The composition was created in 2018 on commission by the Sacrum-Profanum Festival and the Krakow Festival Office.

 

Performance history:

PREMIERE: 09/16, 17/2018; Sacrum-Profanum Festival in Krakow; ICE Theater Hall; performers / producers: Urszula Kryger, Joanna Freszel, Ewa Biegas, Jan Jakub Monowid, Łukasz Konieczny, Sebastian Szumski, Bartłomiej Misiuda, Polish Radio Choir, Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy AUKSO

Artistic director: Marek Moś; Directed by: Pia Partum; Scenography and costumes: Magda Maciejewska

 

12/20/2019; Mediatheque in Tychy; performers: Urszula Kryger, Joanna Freszel, Ewa Biegas, Jan Jakub Monowid, Szymon Kobyliński, Sebastian Szumski, Bartłomiej Misiuda, Camerata Silesia, AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy, Marek Moś (concert version)

08/31/2020; Polish Baltic Frédéric Chopin Philharmonic in Gdańsk; performers: Urszula Kryger, Joanna Freszel, Ewa Biegas, Jan Jakub Monowid, Szymon Kobyliński, Sebastian Szumski, Bartłomiej Misiuda, Camerata Silesia, AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy, Marek Moś (concert version)

Act I (fragment)
Act II (fragment)
Act III (fragment)

Performers: Urszula Kryger, Joanna Freszel, Ewa Biegas, Jan Jakub Monowid, Szymon Kobyliński, Bartłomiej Misiuda, Sebastian Szumski, Camerata Silesia, Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy AUKSO, Marek Moś

Performers: Urszula Kryger, Joanna Freszel, Ewa Biegas, Jan Jakub Monowid, Łukasz Konieczny, Bartłomiej Misiuda, Sebastian Szumski, Polish Radio Choir, Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy AUKSO, Marek Moś; Directed by Pia Partum

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