EUROPERA 5 - Chamber Opera by John Cage„For 200 years the Europeans have sent us their operas. Now I am returning them all to them." With this statement the composer and artist John Cage started to work on his five-piece opera-series Europera.
In Europera 5, the last stage work of John Cage, figures, arias and props from the history of opera lose their context, get recombined and confronted with practices from pop-culture and media technologies of the 20st century. With childishly-playfull means Thomas Christoph Heyde adresses the fascination of a pretentious opera world where comicality meets the tragic nature, where history and the modern world face each other on an equal level.