Tree of Codes, 2016

An opera for soprano, baritone & 16 musicians about bloodlines and memory, time, erasure and illumination based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes and Bruno Schulz’ Street of Crocodiles.

Tree of Codes (2013-2016)
‘Cut-outs in time’, an opera
for soprano, high baritone, singer/clarinettist, fifteen other musicians (also vocalising), fixed media (electronics)

Duration: 90 minutes
Publisher: Ricordi Berlin

Composer & librettist: Liza Lim
Download detailed information: Liza Lim – Tree of Codes information and libretto
Also see blog page for reviews and other interviews

Libretto based upon Tree of Codes written by Jonathan Safran Foer © first published 2010 by Visual Editions; Bruno Schulz’ Street of Crocodiles, English translation by Celina Wieniewska; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Erlkönig and writings of Michel Foucault.
Opera commissioned by Oper Köln, Ensemble musikFabrik and HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, Dresden and in co-operation with the Akademie der Künste der Welt Cologne.

Premiere, 9 April 2016, Staatenhaus, Cologne (Also, 12,14,18,20 April)
Emily Hindrichs (Adela); Christian Miedl (Son/Doctor); Carl Rosman (Mutant Bird); performers from Company Numero23Prod.; musicians of
Ensemble Musikfabrik conducted by Clement Power, directed by Massimo Furlan
Also, 25 October 2016, TONLAGEN Festival, Hellerau, Dresden

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Tree of Codes was also presented by the Spoleto Festival, USA (May-June 2018) in a new production directed by Singaporean director Ong Keng Sen, with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra led by visionary conductor John Kennedy. The part of Adela was performed by soprano Marisol Montalvo, ‘the Son’ played by baritone, Elliot Madore and a silent role ‘the dresser’, performed by Walter Dundervill. Here’s the full info on who was involved: Tree-of-Codes Spoleto program

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