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World premiere of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht sold out

  • Date: 19 July 2012
  • Area: Midlands

As part of the London 2012 Festival the world premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht (Wednesday from Light) is being staged by Birmingham Opera Company from 22 to 25 August.

And already all performances are sold out! See their website for more details.

However, for people unable to get tickets they will be able to watch part of the opera on The Space which is a partnership between the BBC and Arts Council England.

It is a free digital arts service available on connected television or The Space (Freeview HD channel 117). It is hoped that The Space will help to transform the way people connect with and experience arts and culture.

The opera which features a Helicopter String Quartet, two choirs, solo instrumentalists, live electronic and acoustic music – and a dancing camel! –will be performed at the Argyle Works, Great Barr Street in Birmingham.

Internationally acclaimed opera director Graham Vick, has assembled an outstanding artistic team to work alongside Birmingham Opera Company.

Under the musical direction of Stockhausen’s collaborator, Kathinka Pasveer, performers will include Birmingham’s Ex Cathedra, London Voices and an array of virtuoso orchestral soloists and local performers.

Jean Nicholson, General Manager with Birmingham Opera Company, said: “We’re delighted to bring this world premiere to Birmingham. Stockhausen fans are flying in from all over the world to be a part of what will be an amazing event – a truly once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Ros Robins, West Midlands Director, Arts Council England, said: “This very special event involves many regional and national artists and is a highlight of the London 2012 Festival. Fans all over the world will also be able to access some of the opera on The Space. It’s good for Birmingham and good for the UK.

“One of the Arts Council’s aims by investing in the Cultural Olympiad has been to enable artists to push boundaries and collaborate in unprecedented ways and deliver ambitious work. Mittwoch will certainly do this.”

For more information on the opera visit the Birmingham Opera Company website