Locations, Dates, & Contact

May 19, 2010, 19:30
Création au Théatre de Vevey
Rue du Théâtre 4
1800 Vevey, Suisse

Tickets: www.theatredevevey.ch

May 25 & 26, 2010, 20:00
Gare du Nord - dans le Badische Bahnhof Basel
Schwarzwaldallee 200
4059 Basle, Suisse

Tickets : www.biderundtanner.ch

June 2, 2010, 19.30
Forum Neue Musik
Theater-Pavillon der Luzerner Spielleute
Spelteriniweg 6
6005 Lucerne, Suisse

Tickets: theatre box office

June 4 & 5, 2010, 19.30
Théâtre les Salons
6, rue Batholoni
1204 Genève, Suisse (1er étage)

Tickets: www.les-salons.ch
+41 22 807 06 30


We thank the following institutions for their support of this production:

Société Suisse des Auteurs (SSA)
Fondation Arthephila
Ernst Göhner Stiftung
Fondation Nicati-de-Luze
Théâtre Vevey
Migros pour-cent culturel
Etat de Vaud
Oertli Stiftung
Fondation Aloïse
and private sponsors

AloÏse OpÉra

A chamber opera based on the life of the 'Outsider Artist' ('Art Brut') Aloïse Corbaz (1886-1964)

« Aloïse : C’est beau le rouge,
vous savez... »

Composer : Thüring Bräm
Texts : Aloïse Corbaz
Musical Director: Karel Valter
Stage Director: Pierre-André Gamba

Magali Schwartz (mezzo-soprano)
Brigitte Ravenel (mezzo-soprano)
Sarah Pagin (soprano)
Philippe Huttenlocher (baritone)

Stefanie Bischof (violon/alto), Lisa VonderMühll (cello),
Janina Bürg (accordion), Olivier Membrez (percussion)
Etele Dosa (clarinet), Frans Berglund (trompet),
André Jenny (trombone), Julia Wacker (harpe)

Production: Pierre-André Gamba, Les Limbes du Pacifique

Aloise: From imprisonment to inner liberation

Aloise Corbaz (1886-1964) was born in Lausanne in the Swiss French Canton of Vaud. One of the most productive and important 'Outsider Art' ('Art Brut') painters, she originally wanted to be an opera singer. She studied voice and the opera repertoire but the cultural environment, education, religion as well as social life of the time prevented her from pursuing this kind of profession.

Aloise received an education as a seamstress and then, owing to her good general education, became a governess in affluent families. In order to avoid a scandal, her older sister ended Aloise's early affair with an ex-minister. Aloise was sent to work as a nanny at the house of Wilhelm II in Potsdam, remaining there until 1913, when, before the outbreak of the First World War, she returned to Lausanne. Here, she began to show the first symptoms of schizophrenia. She was committed to the psychiatric asylum in Cery in 1918, and then transferred in 1920 to La Rosière, a psychiatric institution for the chronically ill in Gimel (near Lausanne) where she lived until her death in 1964.

During her internment, after a first phase of aggression and autism, Aloise began to draw. Gradually her creative techniques transformed and reorganized her inner world through her extraordinary pictures.

This opera and the three main phases of Aloise's development

The role of Aloise is divided among three female voices, which represent the different states and epochs of her artistic awareness. The single male role represents 'man' per se, appearing here in all the facets from real life to those of Aloise's imagination (the lover, the father, Napoleon, Christ, William II, etc.).

The libretto is based almost entirely on the poetic texts, divorced from external reality and written by Aloise herself. The staging does not present a typical theatrical life story but rather attempts to represent Aloise from a subjective viewpoint.