‘JETZT’ (Now) tries to tell the history of thought in a poetological way. Human being in relation to nature and his surrounding is in constant change. Man is re-inventing himself again and again by inventing new descriptions of himself and his surrounding. By those descriptions we can observe the changes in the past human history. It’s the transformation of language use through human history which is the subject matter of this opera. Seven epochs are chosen. Short scenes about death interconnect those seven epochs.


opera by Mathis Nitschke and Jonas Lüscher
World Premiere November 30th 2012, Opera Berlioz – Le Corum
Commissioned by Opéra National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillion, General Director: Jean-Paul Scarpitta

with: Susan Narucki, Sarah Wolfson, Martina Koppelstetter, Gilles Ragon, Marco Di Sapia

Carl Christian Bettendorf: Music Director
Urs Schönebaum: Staging, Decor, Light
Yashi Tabassomi: Costumes
Marie-Ève Signeyrole: Director assistant
Noelle Geny: Chorus director

Brice Soniano: Double Bass
Mathis Mayr: Cello
Santiago Cimadevilla: Bandoneon
Mathis Nitschke: Sound director
Chœurs de l’Opéra national Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon
Orchestre national Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon

Full performance video:

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Full score and libretto:

JETZT – Mathis Nitschke – Full Score


Related Works:

2014 saw the premier of my second opera, also commissioned by the National opera Montpellier: HAPPY HAPPY >>
n 2015 I started creating opera in public space: VIOLA >>