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Bombastic rock music and magnificent pictures: “Last Paradise Lost” with the group Vanden Plas is celebrated by the audience at the Münster Theater With colossal force and unscrupulous abundance of power, a final battle for the world is ultimately staged in Münster's large house. Adam and Eve are in danger. [...] Such precisely staged crowd scenes are the strengths of the world premiere “Last Paradise Lost”. Günter Werno (music), Andy Kuntz, Johannes Reitmeier (both libretto, sequence of scenes) and Stephan Lill are responsible for the rock opera. [...] Randy Diamond shines as Lucifer in Münster with a great stage presence. […] Michael D. Zimmermann has given fantasy fashion, which is reminiscent of comic and film models, a stylish line that also allows for ironic moments. The opponent is Andy Kuntz as Archangel, who fights emphatic vocal duels with Diamond. A high-pitched guitar solo announces him as God's helper. On a transparently clad play island, the band Vanden Plas accentuates the voluminous sound from the orchestra pit. With Münster's Symphony Orchestra, conductor Andreas Kowalewitz repeatedly sets an anthemic keynote that makes it clear that it is about nothing less than life itself. [...] Director Johannes Reitmeier relies on visually sophisticated theater images. Adam and Eve crouch like prototypes or laboratory mice in veiled tubes that protrude into the stage sky. [...] It is these speaking images that repeatedly pull the audience away to applause and some cheers. [...] For the storm on paradise, Belial disguises himself as an angel with a glittering cloak. Edward Roland Serban creates the nasty idea generator from Lucifer's attack force as a quirky sidestep. On the other hand, Milica Jovanovic makes a big impression as a Beelzebub. Her leather bustier and the black shimmering horns play with sadomasochistic eroticism. Sometimes it crackles in Münster. The opera choir completes the scenes with a great sense of space. In tune with Anton Tremmel, a lot is done choreographically this time. [...] At the end, video sequences of the war, a mushroom cloud and the collapsing World Trade Center (November 9th) can be seen. Far from paradise lost, “Last Paradise Lost” shows us that we still have a chance to save our paradise: the earth. God gave Adam and Eve the opportunity to choose what to do. What is the basis of our knowledge? Everyone in Münster seems to have understood. Thunderous applause and standing ovations. ...Vollständige Rezension
Achim Lettmann