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Klaus Maria Brandauer as Satan in "King of the Night"

Jan Mller-Wieland's epiphany "King of the Night" for speaker, singers and orchestra based on a text collage by Jan Mller-Wieland received its world premiere on 30 May 2003 at Montforthaus in Feldkirch. The performers were Klaus Maria Brandauer (speaker), Sibylle Schaible and Heike Heilmann (soprano), Maida Karisik (alto) and the Balthasar Neumann Orchestra under Thomas Hengelbrock.

Klaus Maria Brandauer as Satan, Jehovah and Job. In line with the motto "Traces of God," the Feldkirch Festival commissioned a full-length composition from Jan Mller-Wieland, who was awarded the 2002 Ernst von Siemens Prize.

"King of the Night" is an extraordinary melodrama about human existence. Mller-Wieland sees Job's fate as the metaphor for human existence itself. Job recognises that everything is to be found within himself: God, the devil, an animal, faith, lack of faith, love, hate, ...

With this world premiere, the successful collaboration between Klaus Maria Brandauer and Thomas Hengelbrock in Feldkirch enters its third year. Klaus Maria Brandauer's legendary portrayals of Faust, Mephisto, Hamlet, Oberst Redl and Everyman mark the character of this premiere, as do Thomas Hengelbrock's musical-dramatic experience and thrilling grasp of old as well as contemporary music. We can be in a flutter of expectation over the melodrama, sketched by the two artists together - a scenically inspired "imaginary music theatre."

Jan Mller-Wieland will introduce his new work in conversation with the Danish poetess Pia Tafdrup in the Graf Rudolfsaal at Montforthaus.