Schwäbische Schöpfung is a comic chamber opera by Meingosus Gaelle based on the famous text by the Weißenhorner writer Sebastian Sailer from 1796.

The story of Adam and Eve is told in a playful way in the Swabian dialect. The international baroque music ensemble Société Lunaire takes the audience on a musical journey through time to Swabia in the late 18th century.

The literary work Sebastian Sailers (1714-1777) enjoyed already during his lifetime the greatest popularity. With his comedies in the Swabian dialect, in which he mainly translated biblical stories into the pastoral world of Swabian peasants, he gained attention throughout southern Germany. The Tettnang monk Meingosus Gaelle (1752-1816) chose Sailer’s most famous work in 1796 – the Swabian Creation – for the performance at Weingarten Abbey.

The director Martin Butler brings the Swabian creation together with the original sound ensemble Société Lunaire on the stage. With (copies of) original instruments from the late 18th century, the audience is tonally transposed into the Swabian of classical music. Butler’s approach focuses on the comedic aspect of the piece. The singers move in front of the Tree of Knowledge, inspired by the work of the German paper-cutting artist Lotte Reiniger. With modern visual means, the true meaning of (inter) human relations and problems is getting to the bottom: even though the Garden of Eden was the perfect prison, Adam and Eve chose the path of free will to quench their urge for knowledge.

Photos: Almut Benedix

Team

Martin Butler – Regie

Société Lunaire

Verena Gropper – Sopran (Eva)

Arndt Krüger – Tenor (Adam)

Ulrich Maier – Bass (Gott)

Regina Gleim – Flöte

Nadine Henrichs – Viola

Anna Zimre – Cello

Maximilian Ehrhardt – Harfe

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