Operan! | MTTW 2016

Bertl mothers

OPERAN! About escape

A seven-scene music laboratory from the School of Amazement

World Premiere


Not all escapes are the same. One can escape happily by the skin of one's teeth, or one can be accused of escapism as an aesthetic offense.
I take on this tension by establishing experimental arrangements that, growing from quite banal starting points into the monstrous, pose questions about escaping reality and pleasure-seeking, but which at the same time have the point inherent in them at which it (so) no longer goes on, so that one must see that one gets away.

It is said that art should reflect current social conditions and phenomena as quickly and precisely as possible. However, kitsch about the current refugee drama is not my thing.
But still: It's all there. Incidentally, I like the fact that eskapieren derives from a vulgar Latin verb meaning "to make off with," eig. "to throw away one's religious cap.

Bertl Mütter, born in 1965 in Steyr, acts mostly as a trombone individualist. His music, slow food for the ears, refers to familiar and more distant traditions. But he also likes to play with others, if listening to each other is guaranteed. Significant names and places are not mentioned, such things are distracting: Mütter prefers to manipulate his audience by making artistic processes directly tangible.
The Doctor artium (with the license to speak) invites to his school of amazement, musical-rhetorical associations to everything.
For his handpicked Orchestra of the Radical Middle (ORM) he invents as primus inter pares curios musical-laboratory situations. OPERAN! is his logical next step in the direction of music drama.

Or, in summary: "Unlike most artistic personalities worldwide, Bertl Mütter and his music fit into one pigeonhole."


Soprano: Ursula Langmayr Baritone: Matthias Helm Co-direction: Marlene Traun Dr. Mütter's Orchestra of the Radical Center (ORM): Bertl Mütter (Courage and wonder horn, player-coach ), Dimitrios Polisoidis (viola), Paul Schuberth (accordion)