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Abraham – Daniel Schnyder

16. November 7:00 pm


Abraham, religious leader and the first of the three legendary biblical patriarchs, brought to life in an opera for the very first time. For his opera, Daniel Schnyder has created a soundscape in which classical music merges with jazz and global sounds. European concert traditions meet oriental musical cadences. Old instruments such as the oud and the ney meet contemporary electric pianos and saxophones and are integrated into the great orchestral sound that makes up one of the main ingredients of opera. The remaining ingredients – a full orchestra, a large choir, opulent costumes and inspiring stage sets are of course also all present, bringing to ‘’Abraham“ a passion and timbre that transforms the story of the creation of the three monotheist religions into a modern day narrative. The world premiere of ‘’Abraham“ is the grand finale of this year’s düsseldorf festival!.

A production from düsseldorf festival! in co-production with Johanneskirche Stadtkirche Düsseldorf and Kreuzkirche Bonn
Withe generous support from Kunststiftung NRW, ElectronicPartner, TARGOBANK AG & Co. KGaA, Ernst Poensgen
Stiftung, procuratio, Voigt & Coll., Evangelische Kirche im Rheinland, Freundeskreis
Musik der Kreuzkirche Bonn, Johanneskirche Stadtkirche Düsseldorf und Hotel Indigo

Supported by Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of NRW

Daniel Schnyder, composition, libretto
Gregor Horres, direction
Kanjo Také, projection, lighting
Abraham – Mischa Schelomianski, bass
Hagar – Theresa Nelles, soprano
Sarah – Rena Kleifeld, alto
Isaak – Raphael Pauß, tenor
Ismael – Rabih Lahoud, baritone
Daniel Schnyder, saxophone
Bassam Saba, nay and oud
Tareq Rantisi, percussion
Church choirs of the Johannes Church City Church Düsseldorf and the Kreuzkirche Bonn
düsseldorf festival! orchestra
Wolfgang Abendroth, musical direction (Düsseldorf)
Karin Feist-Wissing musical direction (Bonn)

Additional performances at Kreuzkirche Bonn on 20, 22 and 23 November

16. November 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
120 minutes, one break
Johannes Church
Martin-Luther-Platz 39, 40212 Düsseldorf
+49 211 82 82 66 0