Café Kafka, chamber opera in one act. - Francisco Coll

  • September 13, 2013

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by Sonia Stevenson


  An opera commission is a rare thing for a young composer, but perhaps in the case of the precociously talented Francisco Coll, not such a surprise. Coll is currently working on a chamber opera to be performed at Aldeburgh, Opera North and the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House in March 2014. The 50-minute opera is for 10 players and 5 singers (coloratura soprano, low soprano, countertenor, tenor and bass-baritone), and is based on short texts and fragments by Kafka. The libretto has been created by playwright Meredith Oakes, who explains the scenario:



‘An evening unfolds among strangers and acquaintances who drink, try to fall in love, and try to find some sort of coherence, or at least a way out. A figure from ancient legend visits them but can offer them no useful information. They will probably be here again tomorrow…’