In 1945 a jar with ancient manuscripts was found in Egypt. These manuscripts came to be known as the Nag Hammadi Scriptures, and contained Gnostic texts that had been forbidden by bishop Athanasius in 367 AD. The Gnostic views on the biblical creation myths are wildly different from those presently found in the Bible. The Trees of Paradise, for 3 singers, choir and orchestra follows the Gnostic story of the creation of the world, Adam and Eve, and the eating of the forbidden fruit – where the usual suspects are in different roles altogether, good and evil are reversed and a shocking turn of events take place.
The Trees of Paradise was commissioned by and premiered in the Zaterdagmatinee, on February 2, 2013.