Donnerstag aus Licht (Thursday from Light) is an opera by Karlheinz Stockhausen in a greeting, three acts, and a farewell, and was the first of seven to be composed for the opera cycle Licht: die sieben Tage der Woche (Light: The Seven Days of the Week). It was written between 1977 and 1980, with a libretto by the composer.
On June 25th, 2016, a new production of Stockhausen's first opera, DONNERSTAG AUS LICHT (Thursday from Light) premiered at the Basel Theatre in Switzerland, with stage direction by the American-born, Europe-based Lydia Steier (with sets designed by Barbara Ehnes, costumes by Ursula Kudrna, and video effects by Chris Kondek).
Theater Basel and sonostream.tv would like to thank the Stockhausen Foundation for Music for consenting to a one-time stream of Lydia Steier's production.
The magazine Opernwelt has selected the Basel 2016 production as “Aufführung des Jahres” (opera staging of the year 2016).
Peter Tantsits, Michael – tenor 1
Rolf Romei, Michael – tenor 2
Paul Hübner, Michael – trumpeter
Emmanuelle Grach, Michael – dancer
Anu Komsi, Eva – soprano
Merve Kazokoğlu, basset horn
Evelyn Angela Gugholz, Eva – dancer
Michael Leibundgut, Luzifer – bass
Stephen Menotti, trombone
Eric Lamb, Luzifer – dancer
Ansi Verwey, Begleiterin Michaels im Examen
David Dias da Silva, Clowneskes Schwalbenpaar Person 1 (clarinet)
Markus Forrer, Clowneskes Schwalbenpaar Person 2 (clarinet / basset horn)
Romain Chaumont, Zwei Knaben Person 1 (soprano saxophone)
Emilie Chabrol, Zwei Knaben Person 2 (soprano saxophone)
Lydia Steier, Stage Director
Barbara Ehnes, Stage Design
Ursula Kudrna, Costume Design
Chris Kondek, Video Designer
Olaf Freese, Lighting Design
Pavel B. Jiracek, Dramaturgy
Chor des Theater Basel
Studierende der Hochschule für Musik FHNW / Musik-Akademie Basel
Henryk Polus, Chorus Master
Statisterie des Theater Basel
Kathinka Pasveer, Musical preparation and Sound direction
Titus Engel, Musical Direction