In 2002 Edgar Froese - head of Tangerine Dream, initiator & main composer - and his son Jerôme Froese together composed an electronic opera inspired by Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy, which was performed several times in Germany and the United Kingdom.
Bianca Froese-Acquaye, artist and wife of Edgar Froese, painted a 16-part Dante series of acrylic paintings which supported the musical work in the form of the artwork for the CD and DVD releases. An exhibition of the whole Dante painting series at the theater Brandenburg in Germany wonderfully visualized the music of Tangerine Dream.
What is Dante's Divine Comedy all about?
The Divina consists of three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio & Paradiso. When Italian writer Dante Alighieri created this body of work at the beginning of the 14th Century, he relocated its setting behind a veil or curtain. This veil is our darkened, 'normal' consciousness that concerns itself solely with the material manifestations of this world. This consciousness does not possess a real spiritual aspect in the absolutely pure sense of the word. According to Dante, mankind, living in today's state of consciousness – when compared to the purely spiritual – finds itself in a state of deep slumber. However, mankind is not aware of this fact.
Although conceived more than 600 years ago, the spiritual heritage of The Divine Comedy is continuously aimed at the present – at the human being living in the here and now. Dante himself stated that the real purpose of his poetry was to lead humankind unto a path to a drastically different life – within contemporary life. This is achieved with a method that is aimed at appealing to people of diverse states of consciousness and to supply them with exactly those messages that their individual stage of wisdom would require. (Edgar Froese)
Get an Impression
Tangerine Dream open air performance of Dante Alighieri's INFERNO at Castle Nideggen (close to Cologne in Germany) in 2002
Past Concert Performances of the Electronic Opera
October 07, 2001
June 15, 2002
Burg Nideggen (Cologne/Germany)
June 23 & 24, 2002
Royal Festival Hall (London/UK)
March 06, 2004
Essen Philharmonie (Essen/Germany)
October 14, 2005
Brandenburg Theater (Brandenburg/Germany)
September 23, 24 & 25, 2005
January 18 & 19, 2006