“Kopernikus” portrays the transition from life to death. In a liminal realm, a child called Agni, the name of the Vedic fire god, meets beings who are all part of a rite of preparation for death and the afterlife. The voices instil hope and courage, and they take a variety of forms: from Mozart to Tristan and Isolde to Lewis Carroll, whose absurd lightness à la »Alice in Wonderland« also defines Vivier’s death ritual. The astronomer of the work’s title is also present; just as he transformed the human understanding of the universe like no other, so too does death alter our understanding of our lives."
COLORATURA SOPRANO – Sarah Aristidou
SOPRANO – Slávka Zámečníková
MEZZO SOPRANO – Anna Schors
ALT (AGNI) – Corinna Scheurle
BARYTON-MARTIN – Adam Kutny
BARITON – Giorgi Mtchedlishvili
BASS – Erik Rosenius