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FREAX. Opera

Composer: Eggert, Moritz
Lyricists: Dbgen, Hannah
Opus/Year: (2007)
Genre: Opera
Instrumentation: 3(Picc),2(Oboe damore),2(BKlar),3(KFag) 2,3,2,1 Pk, 2 Schl (I: Peitsche, RhrTr II: kl.Tr), Harfe, Git/Banjo/Mand/12-saitigeGit/E-Git, Barklavier/Flgel, Harmonium/prp.Flgel/E-Org, Streicher (mit E-Vl, E-Vc und BarockVc) Bhnenmusik: Es-Klar, Trpt, Drum Set, Akk, Vl, Jazz Bass
Premiere performance: 02.09.2007 / Bonn / D / Theater Bonn / Wolfgang Lischke


In the artificially cut-off world of a show conceived as a mixture of circus and television entertainment which thrills its audience with so-called freax, people whose bodies do not correspond to the norm, a tragic love story unfolds. The dwarf Franz loves the tall, beautiful Isabella. But she is in love with Hilbert, the moderator of the show. Hilbert, for his part, loves great success. This is guaranteed by the freax dwarfs, Siamese twins and hermaphrodites who, not least due to their success with the public, are cut off and humiliated by their normal colleagues.
In a mixture of moving drama and biting satire, Franz blind love and longing to escape permanent discrimination and to be accepted and loved as a man becomes a parable about the power of looks and about the fine line between hope and self-deception, closeness and betrayal.

In printed editions:

Eggert, Moritz
  • Freax
    Opera in 2 acts. Libretto
    Edition no.: SIK3/5603
    Edition: Libretto
    Price: € 5,90 incl. VAT plus delivery