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date: 04 July 2020

Freitag aus Licht [Freitag-Versuchung] (‘Friday from Light’ [Friday Temptation])locked

  • Richard Toop

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[Freitag-Versuchung] (‘Friday from Light’ [Friday Temptation])

Opera in a greeting and two acts with farewell by Karlheinz Stockhausen to his own libretto, Leipzig, Leipzig Opera, 12 September 1996.

The fifth part of the Licht cycle to be composed, Freitag focuses on the interaction of Eve (Eva) and Lucifer (as represented by the ‘Lucifer-emanation’ Ludon). Of all the Licht operas, it is the one that comes closest to conventional notions of operatic structure, and also the most tightly integrated: in effect, it comprises a single act, a single, narrative-driven dramatic process that is divided into two parts as a matter of practicality rather than artistic necessity. The full title of Freitag is Freitag-Versuchung, and the essence of the plot is that the white, blonde Eve is approached by the black Ludon to ‘yield’ (Stockhausen’s word) to his son Caino. At first she resists, then consents, and subsequently repents her action.

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