An old work as a new creation for the youth and with the youth. A bridge between Italy, the land of longing, to which we owe opera culture, and the Ruhr area, which is decried as gray and uncomfortable, but has long since developed into an exciting cultural center. Hans Werner Henze tries with his latest music theater work Gisela! or: The strange and memorable ways of happiness To connect extreme poles with each other and to make combinations that seem impossible. …more

Premiere 2010

  • An in-house production of the Ruhrtriennale


  • BY Hans Werner Henze, Michael Kerstan, Christian Lehnert
  • DIRECTED BY Pierre Audi
  • STAGE AND COSTUMES Christof Hetzer
  • ENSEMBLE Studio musikFabrik – youth ensemble of the State Music Council of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • CHOR Youth chamber choir of the Dortmund Choir Academy
  • MIT Michael Dahmen, Hanna Herfurtner, Fausto Reinhart, students at Folkwang University (courses in drama and dance)
  • PLAYGROUND Machine hall, Zweckel colliery, Gladbeck
  • Photos: Ursula Kaufmann