Der rote Wal

The red whale

by Vivan and Ketan Bhatti and Markus Winter
Texts by Markus Winter based on a story by Markus Winter and Martin G. Berger
Music by Vivan and Ketan Bhatti
in german
When the beach lies beneath the pavement, as it was often said in the past, it is not far to the sea. Gladis, the protagonist of this opera, follows the opposite direction, from the sea to the pavement. Gladis is an orca. And she wants to break what she breaks. Cruise ships, superyachts, that sort of thing. On her quest for revenge, she meets Lone, who promises her human form for 24 hours and demands one of her fins as a reward. On the pavement, she meets Abad and Ge, an urban guerrilla, schoolchildren on a museum visit to Stammheim. Gladis gets caught between the fronts and questions arise: Does the end justify the means? What remains when every truth is distorted? And if you can't fight violence peacefully, is militancy the last resort left to us all? But or because this is a fairy tale, the kiss of true love can free Gladis from everything in between. The Red Whale is not a fairy tale to trivialize, but to deal with a Stuttgart material that is charged like a myth. To tell of resistance and the monopoly on violence. The text is written by Markus Winter, who as Maeckes is not only one of the Orsons, but also a son of the mother city known far beyond the borders of the Kesselrand as a solo lyricist, thinker and musician. The score is composed by the brothers Vivan and Ketan Bhatti, who with The Red Whale are writing an opera that is also rap.
Location
Opernhaus
World premiere
June 18, 2025 in Stuttgart

Recommended age
from class 8
There will be a german introduction 45 minutes before the performance at foyer I. floor.

Tickets for the entire 2024/25 season can be booked from July 8, 2024, no advance bookings possible.

Jun 2025
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Wed
18
Opernhaus
Premiere
8-139 € / I, tickets as of 8. July 2024
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sun
22
Opernhaus
8-126 € / H, tickets as of 8. July 2024
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sun
29
Opernhaus
8-126 € / H, tickets as of 8. July 2024
Jul 2025
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Thu
17
Opernhaus
8-126 € / H, tickets as of 8. July 2024
Cast
Gladis N.N.
Abad Matthias Klink
Ge Josefin Feiler
Lone Maeckes
Leviathan Stine Marie Fischer
Musiker*innen des Staatsorchesters Stuttgart, Mitglieder des Staatsopernchores
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sun
20
Opernhaus
8-126 € / H, tickets as of 8. July 2024
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Tue
22
Opernhaus
8-139 € / I, tickets as of 8. July 2024