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Music Text

Libretto by Igor Bauersima (E)


Major Roles: S,Bar; minor roles: 2S,M,2T,B;

Abbreviations (PDF)



This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.


World Premiere
Troubleyn Laboratorium, Antwerp
Igor Bauersima, director
Conductor: Daniel Inbal
Company: Flanders Opera


LEIF Baritone
HELENA Soprano
Sonja / Nurse Soprano
Leif's sister / Dosser Soprano
Mother / Policewoman Mezzo-soprano
Des / Pete / Dosser Tenor
Physician / Dosser Bass
Father / Physician / Dosser Tenor

Leif cannot believe what his parents, his sister, and his friends Des and Sonja all claim: that Helena, whom he adores, is dead – although she has even left a suicide note. Instead, he thinks he knows where she could be hiding and begins to search for her. His friends find him in an abandoned industrial site. He appears confused and is talking to an invisible person; everybody is scared of him. In their worry, his parents commit him to a psychiatric ward. It doesn’t seem to change anything: Leif not only hears Helena’s voice but he even encounters her when she visits him disguised as a doctor. The two of them break out of the ward, killing a doctor and nurse who try to stop them. Having escaped security guards and the police, they fall into the hands of violent, antisocial addicts, whose brutal attacks they barely survive… With their pursuers are on their heels, they lunge together into a dark, seemingly bottomless pit.


Dramatic, Tragic



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