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Having performed the role of Luzifer in Invasion–Explosion mit Abschied for Dutch National Opera as part of the Opera Forward Festival in 2018, Owain was involved as Luzifer in the monumental project aus LICHT for the 2019 Holland Festival. This was a truly groundbreaking undertaking involving well over 500 performers over more than 15 hours of music and 4 helicopters (naturally).

The cycle of 3 days was performed 3 times in the Gashouder at the Westergasfabriek, Westerpark, Amsterdam in June 2019 with Owain’s performance forming part of the third day. Owain was lucky enough to be able to attend the other days of the cycle and the rest of the third day at the Dress Rehearsal stage which was a truly unforgettable and transformative experience—a once in a lifetime event.

From June 24, 2019, until June 23, 2022, a 90-minute audio compilation of aus LICHT will be available on This platform requires a subscription.

You can watch a 90-minute selection from aus LICHT on (free of charge) until September 2020. There is a clip from Invasion–Explosion mit Abschied beginning around the 48 minute mark.

Director Oeke Hoogendijk of the new Rijksmuseum follows the creation of aus LICHT in the new documentary LICHT, expected in cinemas in 2021.

Please check the aus LICHT website for more information.

Above and beyond Stockhausen’s celestial ambitions, the production succeeded in realizing profoundly human ones through a tangible degree of love and dedication. “Aus LICHT” was many things, but it was never pretentious or elitist. This monumental survey of Stockhausen’s magnum opus succeeded in demystifying his near-mythic creation, while making a compelling case for “Licht” as a work of universal artistic merit.—The Wall Street Journal


Reviews and other press coverage of aus LICHT in a variety of languages.

New Yorker Review: “Karlheinz Stockhausen Composes the Cosmos” by Alex Ross

SRF Review: “Das Opernereignis des Jahres” by Moritz Weber

Deutschlandfunk Kultur Review: “Wirklich ein Erlebnis, ein Ritual” by Jörn Florian

Financial Times Review: “AUS LICHT brings Stockhausen’s wildly ambitious opera to Amsterdam — helicopters and all” by Shirley Apthorp

NYTimes Review: “Three Days, Four Helicopters, One Bone-Shaking Opera Marathon” by Joshua Barone

Wall Street Journal review: “A Kaleidoscopic Production” by A. J. Goldmann

Auch hier überzeugt wiederum Pia Davilas Sopran und der Bass Owain Browne als Gesangssolisten.—Opera Online