The whole production is less that an hour in length, with a cast of just four singers plus a child who walks on to speak a few words; it's effectively a "chamber opera" in length but considerably larger in musical ambition, not a score you'll go home whistling, rather one that will absorb all the attention you can give it and then compel you to hear it again. For music of such complexity and intensity, the brevity of this opera is just right; you could take it as five hours of Verdi or Wagner concentrated and crystalized in one hour of Schoenberg.
A group of people gathers back in the post-war ruins of a luxurious Munich hotel they inhabited at one point or another years before; each trying to cope with the tragic consequences of the war and their own actions.
Judith. Ulrike. Jochen. Drei Menschen in einer Grossstadt. Drei Menschen, die versuchen ihrer Sehnsucht nachzukommen und auf ein anderes Leben hoffen. Drei Leben, die unterschiedlicher nicht sein können, aber doch eine innere Gemeinsamkeit haben. Judith, die ehemalige Stewardess, lebt mit ihrem kleinen Sohn alleine in einer neuen Wohnsiedlung am Stadtrand und verdient ihren Lebensunterhalt mit Heimarbeit und Telefonmarkforschung. Ulrike ist von ihrem Freund verlassen worden und hat gerade ihren sicheren, aber öden Job im Sozialreferat gekündigt, um sich neu zu verwirklichen. Jochen hofft auf eine Perspektive fern von Gelegenheitsjobs, um sich als Versicherungsvertreter endlich eine eigene Wohnung leisten zu können. Bei allen Dreien scheint das Leben etwas aus den Fugen geraten zu sein und nur aus Vorläufigem zu bestehen. Sie versuchen sich neu zu orientieren, den Alltag positiv zu gestalten, dem Leben einen Sinn zu geben und dabei die Liebe zu finden.
Based on a rarely performed Schoenberg opera from 1929, From Today Until Tomorrow explores one night in a marriage. A husband and wife return from a party where she has flirted with another man while he has cast an appraising eye toward one of her acquaintances. Each dreams, briefly, of leaving the marriage for the excitement and mystery of a new lover.
When a World War II bomb with two days to detonation is found in Berlin, Alex and his wife must work quickly to solve a 40-year-old puzzle.
A soldier, reported dead in the war, returns home 20 years later. Wounded and with a new face and identity, the crippled man discovers that he has a grown son and that his wife has remarried.
Stock car racer Dave Owens plays into the hands of whiskey runners by agreeing to drive in a cross-country road race.
When her mother moves in, the life of a writer gets crowded.
Emily Blair is rich and deaf. Doctor Vance, who grew up poor in Blairtown, is working on a serum to cure deafness which he tries on Emily. It doesn't work. Her sister is carrying on an affair with her fiance Jeff. Vance tries a new serum which causes Emily to faint... Will it work this time?
A political hack becomes President during the height of the Depression and undergoes a metamorphosis into an incorruptible statesman after a near-fatal accident.
A young American soldier, with an honorable discharge, returns home from World War II to his bride, whom he married after a short courtship and has not seen for several years. The two come together with many questions, trials and tribulations in trying to preserve their marriage in the post-war years.
Brenda moved to London to begin living those intoxicated fantasies that all young women imagine city life to offer. Soon after her arrival she begins a relationship with Peter with whom she is tremendously happy. When she becomes pregnant Peter's behaviour towards her alters as he reveals the most frightening and unpredictable side of his personality. He forces Brenda to listen to a series of recordings, exposing a past of shocking cruelty of sadistic murder.
Charming tale of mountaineer-trapper Murphy's first taste "big city" life with young, sweet Sandra Dee in tow. She flees her family, which tried to trade her for some of Murphy's beaver pelts, and tags along with the reluctant Murphy. They get into all manner of trouble in town, and Murphy has to shoot the sheriff to rescue Dee from her job as a dancehall girl.
Three tales of very different women using their sexuality as a means to getting what they want.