8-channel fixed medium

Freitag (Friday) is the 5th opera from Stockhausen’s Licht (Light) heptalogy. It is a retelling of Lucifer’s temptation of Eve. Instead of convincing Eve to eat from the tree of knowledge, Lucifer tricks her into procreating with one of his sons. Eve asks for forgiveness, and the finale of the opera is a purification through fire. When the audience arrives for Freitag, the gigantic flame of the opera’s climax is foreshadowed by candles bathing the lobby in orange light. Their Greeting is the electronic music accompaniment from Act One. The music from Act Two bids them Farewell as they leave.

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