Documentary about the realisation of Licht, Karlheinz Stockhausen’s opera cycle that was deemed unfeasible productionally, financially and technically. The pressure on the epic, ambitious production is high and the interests are major.
The opera cycle Licht, composed by the legendary, controversial composer Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007), was described as brilliant, megalomaniac as well as unplayable. Until the National Opera and various other parties decided to take up the challenge and stage the longest performance of the opera cycle ever. The internationally renowned director Pierre Audi is at the helm in 2019. This documentary reconstructs Stockhausen’s musical universe on the basis of the making-of of this monster production, against the backdrop of his dramatic life story.
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