RAOUL, the opera, tells the true story of Raoul Wallenberg who decided in 1944 to go to Budapest “to save as many lives as possible”. Against all odds and in direct confrontation with Adolf Eichmann he saved indeed more than 100 000 Jewish men, women, and children, and then, when all danger seemed to be over, disappeared into nowhere. The Jewish people have a legend saying that the world can only go on as long as there are thirty-six truly good people alive. Michael’s opera portraits Raoul as one of these people of quiet courage who come forward when needed, and disappear when the danger is over. Imagine a chorus on an open, sloping stage. The narrator and all supporting characters step out of the chorus to play their parts, and then step back to be part of the ensemble again. The only true soloist part is the Raoul character.