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SAT 09/08



11:00 a.m. at the liber wiederin bookshop, Erler Straße 6, Innsbruck


Fernando del Paso Nachrichten aus dem Imperium – Noticias del Imperio (1987)


Lutz Kliche, who translated Noticias del Imperio into German, will read passages from the novel


In cooperation with Mexican embassy




8:00 p.m., Silbersaal at SZentrum, Andreas-Hofer-Str. 10, Schwaz


Arturo Fuentes Carlotas Zimmer – Monodrama of a forgotten Empress

Musical theater for soptrano and ensemble (2018) WP 70’

Textea from Fernando del Paso's Noticias del Imperio (News form the Empire) (1987)


Arturo Fuentes composer, text selection, director, stage, video


Klangforum Wien

Johannes Kalitzke conductor

Sarah Maria Sun soprano

Alice Crepaz-Fuentes Carlota as a child

Sandra Victoria Aguilar actress in the film

Eva Praxmarer costumes and makeup

Günter Brus textile painting


7:15 p.m. Knappensaal im SZentrum, Andreas-Hofer-Str. 10, Schwaz

Introduction:Matthias Osterwold talks with the composer Arturo Fuentes

Based in Tyrol, Mexican-born Arturo Fuentes will compose and stage the multimedia musical theater work Carlota’s Room, a monodrama about the unhappy Belgian princess Charlotte who was gradually overcome by madness. After the death of her husband, Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico, she continued to write hundreds of real and fictive letters for 60 years until her own death in 1927. Napoleon III installed Maximilian as a puppet monarch in Mexico in 1864. She later returned to Europe as pressure on the monarchy began to grow. The execution by firing squad of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico in 1867 is etched in our cultural memory by the famous painting by Édouard Manet. Carlota, who from then on never leaves her chambers in Miramare castle near Trieste, gazes out at the ocean and dreams of the past as the place of an impossible love. Carlota died in 1927, the year Charles Lindbergh achieves the first solo transatlantic flight. In a letter to her husband she exclaims how much faster and easier it will be for them to meet! The sound of the airplane engine is the point of departure for the musical composition, in which Carlota’s various mental states are expressed through various vocal techniques and through “electronic shadows”. The piece will be performed by the charismatic soprano Sarah Maria Sun and Klangforum Wien. The libretto is based on the book Noticias del Imperio (News from the Empire) by the celebrated Mexican author Fernando del Paso. Commissioned by KLANGSPUREN SCHWAZ with the support of the Secretaría de Cultura, FONCA-SNCA, Mexico, in collaboration with the Festival Internacional de Chihuahua
Special thanks to Günter and Anna Brus Performed by Klangforum Wien with the kind support of ERSTE BANKRadio air date: Ö1, Zeit-Ton on 09/17, 11.03 p.m.