Paradise Reloaded (Lilith)

Opera in 12 scenes

Description

World premiere: 25 October, 2013, Vienna
Neue Oper Wien production
Amadeus Ensemble Wien
Conductor: Walter Kobéra
Staging: Johannes Erath

 

Based on the text of Albert Ostermaier
Libretto: Mari Mezei and Peter Eötvös
Language: German

 

The fallen angel Lucifer believes that there is a „bug” in God’s creation, Lilith, Adam’s first wife is of a similar opinion. She was banished from Paradise, as she had revolted against Adam’s claim to power. She was his equal, created from clay, just like him. Adam does not remain alone for long, a new companion is created from his ribs, the docile Eve. Urged by Lilith, Lucifer understands that his only chance to get even with God is manipulate Adam: through time travel, Lucifer shows the ancestors of mankind what future awaits their descendants. Would it not be better, if man was not to come to be at all?

Contrasting characters, a journey from prehistoric times to the future, from Paradise to all kinds of human hells – Peter Eötvös’ colourful and expressive music makes this story shine in its diversity. Already in his earlier opera The Tragedy of the Devil, the Hungarian composer focussed on the issues brought up by the Biblical book of Genesis. Although there the devil Lucifer is in the centre of the plot, in Eötvös’ composition Paradise Reloaded (Lilith), premiered in 2013, the iridescent figure of the first woman is in focus, who – though she is regarded as a demon herself – manages to put the devil himself in his place. Who is the actual mother of humanity: the submissive Eve or the self-determined Lilith? Or do the children of both mothers live among us?

Synopsis

Scene 1

 

Lucifer and three other angels have been cast out of heaven, and now he writes a farewell letter to God trying to practise great self-discipline. Lilith enters the scene but Lucifer does not see her. She whispers in his ear that Adam would be his last chance to take revenge on God. Lucifer and Lilith decide to find Adam and guide him through the desert.

 

Scene 2

 

In paradise, Eve takes a bite of the forbidden fruit. The bitter taste leads her to think that it was real life and she wants to have a glimpse behind the mirrors of paradise. Adam tries to appease her insisting that all is well as it is. Lilith and Lucifer arrive at this point and urge Adam and Eve to follow them to see the true paradises.

 

Scene 3

 

Adam and Eve wander through the desert like two vagrants. They are hungry and thirsty. Angel C appears and asks Eva for a kiss in exchange for a drop of water. As Angel A points out that the right of the first night is God’s, Angel B declares that Eve should be delivered back to God. Lucifer and Lilith act as border guards, and Adam learns from them that God has taken Eve back. While Adam is warned by the heavenly choir not treat God as if he was his equal, Lucifer encourages him to do just that. He offers him a pact: If you make man better than he is, you will be the victor. If you lose faith in humanity, though, the devil will take hold of you.

 

Scene 4

 

People demonstrate against the general on the streets, the women demand that their sons should return from the war. Eve acts as the son of the general, Lilith as his wife. When Adam comes back from a battle as the general, he has to admit that the women’s sons have been killed in action. When the people request that the general should be executed, Eve wants to sacrifice herself for him. Lucifer objects, as it was not part of his original plans. He leads the others to the next world.

Performances

6 Mar, 2020
Bielefeld, Germany

Eötvös: Paradise reloaded (Lilith)

Cond: Gregor Rot

Venue: Theater Bielefeld

21 Feb, 2020
Bielefeld, Germany

Eötvös: Paradise reloaded (Lilith)

Cond: Gregor Rot

Venue: Theater Bielefeld

5 Feb, 2020
Bielefeld, Germany

Eötvös: Paradise reloaded (Lilith)

Cond: Gregor Rot

Venue: Theater Bielefeld

25 Jan, 2020
Bielefeld, Germany

Eötvös: Paradise reloaded (Lilith)

Cond: Gregor Rot

Venue: Theater Bielefeld

18 Jan, 2020
Bielefeld, Germany

Eötvös: Paradise reloaded (Lilith)

Opera
Cond: Gregor Rot
Bielefelder Filharmoniker

 

Venue: Theatre Bielefeld

28 Apr, 2015
Chemnitz, Germany

Paradise Reloaded (Lilith)

Theater Chemnitz
German premiere
Conductor: Frank Beermann
Stage director: Helen Malkowsky
Stage design: Hermann Feuchter
Costume: Henrike Bromber

Cast:
Adam: Mark van Arsdale
Eva: Marie-Pierre Roy
Lucifer: Holger Falk
Lilith: Frances Pappas
Angel A: André Riemer
Angel B: Andreas Kindschuh
Angel C: Kouta Räsänen
Chor: Guibee Yung, Cordelia Katharina Weil, Maria Hilmes

18 Apr, 2015
Chemnitz, Germany

Paradise Reloaded (Lilith)

Theater Chemnitz
German premiere
Conductor: Frank Beermann
Stage director: Helen Malkowsky
Stage design: Hermann Feuchter
Costume: Henrike Bromber

Cast:
Adam: Mark van Arsdale
Eva: Marie-Pierre Roy
Lucifer: Holger Falk
Lilith: Frances Pappas
Angel A: André Riemer
Angel B: Andreas Kindschuh
Angel C: Kouta Räsänen
Chor: Guibee Yung, Cordelia Katharina Weil, Maria Hilmes

4 Apr, 2015
Chemnitz, Germany

Paradise Reloaded (Lilith)

Theater Chemnitz
German premiere
Conductor: Frank Beermann
Stage director: Helen Malkowsky
Stage design: Hermann Feuchter
Costume: Henrike Bromber

Cast:
Adam: Mark van Arsdale
Eva: Marie-Pierre Roy
Lucifer: Holger Falk
Lilith: Frances Pappas
Angel A: André Riemer
Angel B: Andreas Kindschuh
Angel C: Kouta Räsänen
Chor: Guibee Yung, Cordelia Katharina Weil, Maria Hilmes

28 Mar, 2015
Chemnitz, Germany

Paradise Reloaded (Lilith)

Theater Chemnitz
German premiere
Conductor: Frank Beermann
Stage director: Helen Malkowsky
Stage design: Hermann Feuchter
Costume: Henrike Bromber

Cast:
Adam: Mark van Arsdale
Eva: Marie-Pierre Roy
Lucifer: Holger Falk
Lilith: Frances Pappas
Angel A: André Riemer
Angel B: Andreas Kindschuh
Angel C: Kouta Räsänen
Chor: Guibee Yung, Cordelia Katharina Weil, Maria Hilmes

25 Mar, 2015
Chemnitz, Germany

Paradise Reloaded (Lilith)

Theater Chemnitz
German premiere
Conductor: Frank Beermann
Stage director: Helen Malkowsky
Stage design: Hermann Feuchter
Costume: Henrike Bromber

Cast:
Adam: Mark van Arsdale
Eva: Marie-Pierre Roy
Lucifer: Holger Falk
Lilith: Frances Pappas
Angel A: André Riemer
Angel B: Andreas Kindschuh
Angel C: Kouta Räsänen
Chor: Guibee Yung, Cordelia Katharina Weil, Maria Hilmes

21 Mar, 2015
Chemnitz, Germany

Paradise Reloaded (Lilith)

Theater Chemnitz
German premiere
Conductor: Frank Beermann
Stage director: Helen Malkowsky
Stage design: Hermann Feuchter
Costume: Henrike Bromber

Cast:
Adam: Mark van Arsdale
Eva: Marie-Pierre Roy
Lucifer: Holger Falk
Lilith: Frances Pappas
Angel A: André Riemer
Angel B: Andreas Kindschuh
Angel C: Kouta Räsänen
Chor: Guibee Yung, Cordelia Katharina Weil, Maria Hilmes

23 Jan, 2014
Budapest, Hungary

Paradise Reloaded (Lilith)

Hungarian Premiere
Hungarian Radio Orchestra
Conducted by Gregory Vajda
Stage director: Johannes Erath
Stage design: Katrin Connan
Light design: Norbert Chmel

Cast:
Lucifer: Holger Falk
Lilith: Annette Schönmüller
Adam: Eric Stoklossa
Eva: Rebecca Nelsen
Angel A: Gernot Heinrich
Angel B: Andreas Jankowitsch
Angel C: Michael Wagner
Chor: Avelyne Francis, Christina Sidak, Anna Clare Hauf
Venue: Müpa, Budapest

1 Nov, 2013
Vienna, Austria

Paradise Reloaded (Lilith)

Premiere

Neue Oper Wien production, cooproduction with Wien Modern
Amadeus Ensemble Wien,
Conductor: Walter Kobera
Stage director: Johannes Erath
Stage design: Katrin Connan
Light design: Norbert Chmel

Cast:
Lucifer: David Adam Moore
Lilith: Annette Schönmüller
Adam: Eric Stoklossa
Eva: Rebecca Nelsen
Angel A: Gernot Heinrich
Angel B: Andreas Jankowitsch
Angel C: Michael Wagner
Chor: Avelyne Francis, Christina Sidak, Anna Clare Hauf

31 Oct, 2013
Vienna, Austria

Paradise Reloaded (Lilith)

Premiere

Neue Oper Wien production, cooproduction with Wien Modern
Amadeus Ensemble Wien,
Conductor: Walter Kobera
Stage director: Johannes Erath
Stage design: Katrin Connan
Light design: Norbert Chmel

Cast:
Lucifer: David Adam Moore
Lilith: Annette Schönmüller
Adam: Eric Stoklossa
Eva: Rebecca Nelsen
Angel A: Gernot Heinrich
Angel B: Andreas Jankowitsch
Angel C: Michael Wagner
Chor: Avelyne Francis, Christina Sidak, Anna Clare Hauf

29 Oct, 2013
Vienna, Austria

Paradise Reloaded (Lilith)

Premiere

Neue Oper Wien production, cooproduction with Wien Modern
Amadeus Ensemble Wien,
Conductor: Walter Kobera
Stage director: Johannes Erath
Stage design: Katrin Connan
Light design: Norbert Chmel

Cast:
Lucifer: David Adam Moore
Lilith: Annette Schönmüller
Adam: Eric Stoklossa
Eva: Rebecca Nelsen
Angel A: Gernot Heinrich
Angel B: Andreas Jankowitsch
Angel C: Michael Wagner
Chor: Avelyne Francis, Christina Sidak, Anna Clare Hauf

25 Oct, 2013
Vienna, Austria

Paradise Reloaded (Lilith)

Premiere

Neue Oper Wien production, cooproduction with Wien Modern
Amadeus Ensemble Wien,
Conductor: Walter Kobera
Stage director: Johannes Erath
Stage design: Katrin Connan
Light design: Norbert Chmel

Cast:
Lucifer: David Adam Moore
Lilith: Annette Schönmüller
Adam: Eric Stoklossa
Eva: Rebecca Nelsen
Angel A: Gernot Heinrich
Angel B: Andreas Jankowitsch
Angel C: Michael Wagner
Chor: Avelyne Francis, Christina Sidak, Anna Clare Hauf

Details

Genre:
Duration:
100 minutes
Date:
2012/2013

Publisher information

Cast

Singers:
Eva: soprano
Lilith: mezzo-soprano
Adam: tenor
Lucifer: baritone
Angel A: tenor
Angel B: baritone
Angel C: Bass
Women´s choir (3 singers): high soprano, mezzo-soprano, alt

Orchestration     

TITLE Dur. Soloists & choir fl ob cl bcl bn   hn tpt tbn tba   perc pf hp   vn1 vn2 va vc db Other Tech
Paradise Reloaded (Lilith)
Opera - Music Theatre
100'sop,​mez,​2ten,​2bar,​bass,​3voc,​22302 2231 211 108664acc,​cel

2 flutes (1st also piccolo, 2nd also altflute and piccolo)
2 oboes (2nd also English Horn)
3 clarinets in A (1st also Es, 2nd also bassclar., 3rd also bassclar., and contrabasscl.)
2 bassoons (2nd also contrabassoon)
2 horns in F (1st left, 2nd right)
2 trumpets in B (1st left, 2nd right)
3 trombones (1st alttrombone, 2nd tenor with quartventil, 3rd basstrombone) – sitting together
1 tuba
1 accordeon
1 harp
1 piano (without cover)
1 celesta
2 percussion (1st left, 2nd right)
Strings: 10-8-6-6-4

Technical information

Further information

In Gottes Schöpfung ist der Wurm drin, findet der gefallene Engel Lucifer. Eine ähnliche Auffassung teilt auch Lilith, die erste Frau Adams. Sie wurde aus dem Paradies verstoßen, da sie gegen Adams Herrschaftsanspruch aufbegehrte – war sie ihm doch ebenbürtig von Gott aus Lehm geschaffen worden. Doch Adam blieb nicht lang allein, aus seiner Rippe wurde ihm eine neue Gefährtin geformt: die gefügigere Eva. Angetrieben von Lilith erkennt Lucifer, dass in der Manipulation Adams seine einzige Chance liegt, mit Gott abzurechnen: Auf einer Zeitreise zeigt Lucifer den Urmenschen die Zukunft ihrer Nachkommen. Wäre es da nicht besser, wenn kein Mensch mehr entstünde?

Konträr angelegte Charaktere, eine Reise von prähistorischer Zeit bis hin zur Zukunft, vom Paradies bis zu allzu menschlichen Höllen – Peter Eötvös’ farbige und ausdrucksstarke Musik bringt diese Geschichte in ihrer ganzen Vielfalt zum Leuchten. Bereits in seiner Oper Die Tragödie des Teufels beschäftigte sich der ungarische Komponist mit dem Themengeflecht der Genesis. Stand dort der Teufel Lucifer im Mittelpunkt des Geschehens, konzentriert Eötvös sich im 2013 uraufgeführten Paradise Reloaded (Lilith) auf die schillernde Gestalt der ersten Frau, die, obwohl zur Dämonin gestempelt, letztendlich sogar den Teufel in die Schranken weist. Von welcher stammt die Menschheit wohl ab, von der opferbereiten Eva oder der selbstbestimmten Lilith? Oder leben Nachkommen beider Urmütter unter uns?

/Anne Christine Oppermann/

Sound

Recordings

Paradise Reloaded (Lilith)

Video

Live at Müpa, Budapest – 2015

Backstage interview with Eötvös, Budapest – 2014

Müpa, Budapest – 2014

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