In this years Kürten courses there will be a panel about the question, how the operas of the LICHT-cycle should be staged. This question arose after the staging of DONNERSTAG last year in Basel; the production was highly controversial and there have been many discussions, also in this forum. There had been even contributions that said, the Stockhausen-Stiftung should not allow productions in that kind. Therefore it seems to be useful to discuss this item in a time, when there is no actual and urgent question to decide - just as a general problem. I was asked to promote this discussion in Kürten and therefore, to prepare for that, I want to ask for your opinion: Do you think there should be some guidelines? What are important aspects to decide what is appropriate and what is not in a project to stage an opera of Stockhausen's?
I feel that it could be useful to have a discussion-forum on the music of Stockhausen. There are so many people from all over the world, young and old, learned and eager to get into contact with this musical world: musicologists, composers, musicians, music lovers; people who plan concerts - who write books or have to give lectures and so on. So there should be much stuff, many ideas that we can share. And when we have open questions, there may be people who studied just that and could give a hint or a stimulus.
A problem might be the English language, but i feel that is the only possibility that many people who are interested can participate. And we can exercise tolerance to mistakes!