MUSIC THEATER

UNTER DEM GLETSCHER

OPERA AFTER HALLDÓR LAXNESS

OPERA
after the novel Kristnihald undir Jökli by Halldór Laxness (1968)
Libretto by Hermann Schneider

At the foot of the Snæfell Glacier, a parish priest is neglecting his pastoral duties, or so the rumor goes. The bishop sends a young clergyman from Reykjavík to investigate the situation in the Icelandic province. However, what awaits him there is far more complicated than he expected: a pastor who prefers repairing camping stoves to preaching, an insanely wealthy and influential big businessman,  three shepherds and other eccentric figures who rave about mystical miracles but live in their own reality are only the beginning of a wondrous and enigmatic story about a society caught between popular beliefs and the modern world.

Commissioned by Landestheater Linz, Austria 2018

Conductor: Ingmar Beck
Stage director: Hermann Schneider
Stage design and costumes: Falko Herold

WORLD PREMIERE ON MAY 21, 2022, LANDESTHEATER LINZ (AUSTRIA)

TRAILER

Production: Landestheater Linz, Austria 2022

INTERVIEW

with MICHAEL OBST and HERMANN SCHNEIDER about  “Unter dem Gletscher”

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About Michael obst

Michael Obst is a composer, pianist, and teacher. He began his successful composing career with electronic music and subsequently composed works for music theater, film and concert halls. His experience as a pianist with the Ensemble Modern, enriched his understanding of contemporary music. After 25 fulfilling years of teaching, he is now excited to once again concentrate on his own composition projects.

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