the cologne opera
cologne opera house, one of the centrepieces of cologne’s 1950s architecture, is at the focus of the artistic work ENCANTO – DIE OPER KÖLN.
the series shows the whole opera house in cologne as a unique architectonic stage. representative areas and also the spaces hidden to the public behind the stage are shown in fragments. laconic and packed with details, the fragments reveal traces of a theatre’s life spanning 60 years. the sober look at the rooms is given an emphemeral layer by the surprisingly recurrent presence of the figure of carmen. she shows herself in flowing and transparent form, full of emotional richness and magic. this is like a staging outside of the stage, in which the artistic universe of opera unfolds in a previously unheard-of, soundless primal state as though telling its own story. the wonderfully enigmatic appearance in the opera house is thus shaped into an image in its own right.