The end of a long war. »Human wrecks« meet up: refugees, soldiers, generals decorated with medals, a blind organ grinder, nurses, members of the Salvation Army. They want to survive another day, rebuild the country, get their bearings, make sure of each other.
But death snatches them away in an explosion.
In the epilogue, a man and woman appear from another world. They too have to die. In the face of death, all are equal. »Vanitas«: everything is transitory.
by Heinrich Schütz and Matthias Weckmann
Running time 2 hours 15 minutes
Premiere 13 May 2004