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 music-theatre work of an entire evening's length (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 most active 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] as well as 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] by Esther Schapira and Dr. Georg Hafner.
Despite intensive investigations and efforts of the couple Serge and Beate Klarsfeld to bring Brunner to court he managed to disappear repeatedly. In absence, he was even sentenced to death three times by the French court. But in fact, he was leading a pleasant life with a high pension while being protected by and advising the Syrian government: the Assad regime. During the eighties, he was interviewed by the Bunte, a German magazine emphasizing that he doesn’t regret anything at all.
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