Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Morgen und Abend. It was last on stage 13–28 November 2015 as part of the Autumn 2015/16 season.
A man is born, and becomes a fisherman. He ages. One day he finds himself speaking to loved ones long dead. He comes to realize that he, too, is dead.
Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas is fast becoming one of the leading composers of his generation. Morgen und Abend (Morning and Evening) marks his first commission from The Royal Opera. Award-winning Norwegian author, poet and playwright Jon Fosse provides the libretto – an adaptation of his acclaimed 2000 novel of the same name, which describes with meditative, near incantatory simplicity the life of a fisherman from birth to death. This world premiere is directed by Graham Vick, Artistic Director of Birmingham Opera Company and former Director of Productions with Scottish Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Haas shot to international fame with in vain (2000), described by Simon Rattle as ‘an astonishing work of art and an acknowledged masterpiece of the 21st century’. Common to all of his works is an intense and highly charged atmosphere, constructed from shifting sound worlds that coalesce suddenly into opulent richness. Haas’s latest works have continued his experimentation with sound and the interplay of light and dark, in works such as ins Licht (2007) and ATTHIS (2009, heard in the Linbury Studio Theatre spring 2015).
News and features
25 May 2017
The ROH has been home to major opera premieres dating all the way back to our first resident composer Handel – as material from ROH Collections shows.
14 November 2015
What did you think of Graham Vick's production of the new opera by Georg Friedrich Haas and Jon Fosse?
6 November 2015
In his operas, the Austrian composer sensitively explores how people cope in the severest of situations.
2 November 2015
Composers have long explored the gamut of vocal expression from a whisper to a scream.
29 October 2015
Death finds an entirely new expression in Georg Friedrich Haas’s new opera Morgen und Abend.
Watch: Graham Vick and David Lan on Jon Fosse and Morgen und Abend — 'Right at the edge of contemporary thought'27 October 2015
The opera director and Artistic Director of the Young Vic on why they think one of Europe's finest dramatists deserves to be better known in the UK.