Licht (Licht - Stockhausen’s Legacy)

by Oeke Hoogendijk

Biografilm Art&Music

Italian premiere

genre: doc

(Netherlands / 2021 / 120’)

Brilliant, megalomaniac, impracticable: all words that have been used to describe Karlheinz Stockhausen’s gargantuan opera cycle, Licht. This magnum opus was never performed – it was too complicated production-wise, almost impossible in terms of logistics and just too expensive. No opera company dared to attempt it – then a group of pioneers decided to make the impossible possible...
The documentary Licht reconstructs Stockhausen’s musical universe on the basis of the staging of this opera cycle, against the background of his dramatic life story.