At the Staatsoper Hamburg, Mart van Berckel directed the world premiere of Silvesternacht, a composition by Johannes Harneit after a libretto by Lis Arends.
Silvesternacht is based on a short story by the German poet E.T.A. Hoffmann. After an unexpected encounter with his ex-lover, the main character Enthus stumbles through a feverish New Years Night. Dream and reality become intertwined in a Faustian trip that includes doppelgänger, stolen mirror images and time travels. In the opera stabile, the small hall of the Staatsoper, the story came to life in a hallucinatory and eclectic staging.
The German opera debut of Mart van Berckel was met with great critical acclaim. The Hamburger Abendblatt headlined: “Music theatre full of abysses.” and wrote: “A well-succeeded, highly dramatic evening which achieves enormous effect, with often very sparing resources. (…) ‘Silvesternacht’ is entertaining music theatre of the best quality, that makes you think and does justice to the world of E.T.A. Hoffman on all fronts.”
„Music theater full of abysses“
“The audience can let themselves drift freely through the performance. That works in this production by Mart van Berckel. The director keeps a tight grip on the multitude of small events."
„Crazy new year!“
„Between reality and illusion“
Neue Musik Zeitung
„Mart van Berckels staging was characterized by a playful Personenregie"
Kultur Im Netz
Podcast Interview: „Mart van Berckel über Silvesternacht“