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In its trilogy "Opera #1 - #3", the Berlin opera company Novoflot takes a look back at the birth of opera over 400 years ago and at its founding father, Claudio Monteverdi. Without him, the genre would be unthinkable. When Monteverdi was rediscovered in the 20th century, it was discovered that 15 operas were missing. Only the scores of "Orfeo", "Ulisses" and "Poppea" have so far been preserved for posterity. However, hardly anything seems more tempting than speculation about how the reality in which one lives would have turned out if certain historical events had taken different turns. Novoflot is no different: so what if...?

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: Die Oper #2 – In den Seilen (Vom Ende)
© Falko Siewert

How would the genre of opera have developed if Monteverdi's missing scores had survived? Would opera look or sound different today? And if so, how? The three-year project "Opera #1 - #3" celebrates the imaginary resurrection of these untraced stage works and rewrites the beginning of opera history by creatively reassessing the facts. After the world premieres of all three parts at the Kunstfest Weimar 2019/2020/2021 as well as performances at the CPH Opera Festival Copenhagen and at the Greek National Opera in Athens, the project now comes to Berlin.

At the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Novoflot presents "Opera #2 - On the Ropes (From the End)", based on motifs from Monteverdi's "L'incoronazione di Poppea" and by inserting missing elements, finally the first lost opera by the great composer.
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VOLKSBÜHNE Berlin