Music theatre in 13 scenes for 14 singers, a female and male choir, orchestra, keyboard (piano, harmonium, toy piano) and theremin.
Composition: ALEX NOWITZ, Libretto: RALPH HAMMERTHALER
Premiere: April 8, 2006 commissioned by the Theater Osnabrück (Germany). The video was recorderd during the dress rehearsal on April 6, 2006.
Conductor: Herrmann Bäumer
Director: Immo Karaman
Stage and costume designer: Timo Dentler, Okarina Peter
Dramaturge: Carin Marquardt
Choir rehearsals: Peter Sommerer
Mark Bowman-Hester: Bestmann - tenor
Christoph Nagler: Jacuse - baritone
Genadijus Bergorulko: Doppler - bass (buffo)
Tadeusz Jedras: Jaccuse' father - baritone
Frank Färber: Leichmann - bass baritone
Frank Färber: von Rechtlings - bass
Yosemeh Adjei: al-Sydaad - countertenor
Natalia Atamanchuk: Anni - soprano
Eva Schneidereit: Wirtin - alto
Marcin Tlalka: Trinker - bass
Kristine Larissa Funkhauser: Löckchen - soprano
Eva Schneidereit, Kristine Larissa Funkhauser, Iris Marie Kotzian: Drei jüdische Frauen - soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto
Kumpels - male choir
Stimmen in Jaccuse Kopf - female choir
Orchestra and choir of the Theater Osnabrück.
Die Bestmannoper is a full-length music theatre work (2h 15m) about the Nazi and mass murderer Alois Brunner. Adolf Eichmann called him his „best man“. Brunner radically carried out the bureaucratic instructions of his chief – the deportation and murder of more than 120,000 Jews. The opera entwines the national socialist heritage with one of the most brutal and perfidious perpetrators of the Third Reich. The libretto is based on the documentary film "Die Akte B. Alois Brunner - Geschichte eines Massenmörders" [The file B.—History of a Mass Murderer] and on the book "Die Akte Alois Brunner. Warum einer der größten Naziverbrecher noch immer auf freiem Fuß ist" [The Alois Brunner File: Why One of the Most Important Nazi Criminals is still Free], both by Esther Schapira and Dr. Georg Hafner. It turned out that, despite intensive investigations and efforts conducted by the couple Serge and Beate Klarsfeld to bring Brunner to court, he managed to disappear repeatedly. In absence he was sentenced to death by the French Court. But, in fact he used to live in Damascus under the protection of the Syrian government, the Assad regime. During the 1980s he gave an interview for the German magazine 'Die Bunte' emphasising he doesn’t regret anything at all. It is assumed that he died in the meantime.