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LINKERHAND. Opera after the like-named Novel by
Brigitte Reimann

Composer: Eggert, Moritz
Lyricists: Heuser, Andrea
Reimann, Brigitte
Opus/Year: (2008)
Genre: Opera
Instrumentation: 1(Picc),2(EnglHorn),2(Es-Klar, BKlar),1 - 2,1,3(TPos, TBPos, BPos),0 - Schl (Trgl, Chimes, Peitsche, Trillerpfeife, Flex, Rainmaker, Bambuspendelrassel, Schellenrassel, Kurbelsirene, Kurbelratsche, 2 Holzbl, Drumset, kl.RhrTr, gr.Tr, Bk, Tam-t, RhrenGl, kl.KurbelGlsp [verstrkt], Schreibmaschine, Hotelklingel, Aerophon, Knackfrosch, kl.Glckchen), Harfe, E-Git, Klav/E-Org, Streicher (6/5/4/3/1) - gr. gem. Chor - Theremin Vox, Jazz-Bass, Toneinspielungen
Premiere performance: 10.05.2009 / Hoyerswerda / D / Lausitzhalle / Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie / GMD Eckehard Stier


Instead of retelling the plot of the novel, Andrea Heuser and Moritz Eggert have placed the inner landscape of Franziska Linkerhand at the focal point of the opera. In dense musical images comprised of elementary inner and outer stations in the development of the protagonist, the opera more or less makes a sound-world out of the poetic substrate of Reimanns novel: the avowal of an original personal, untamed language of the heart in an environment marked by censor and norms in language. Out of the heroines insistence on her own, unmistakeable personal piece of life within the regimented GDR society, the tense representation of a conflict develops in which individuality and visionary thinking and feeling are confronted with the doctrinaire myth of collective art.

In printed editions:

Eggert, Moritz
  • Linkerhand
    Opera in 33 tableaux. Libretto
    Edition no.: SIK3/5608
    Edition: Libretto
    Price: € 4,50 incl. VAT plus delivery