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OceaneWorld première

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Deutsche OperBismarckstraße 35, Berlin, 10627, Germany
April 28 18:00, May 03 19:30, May 15 19:30, May 17 19:30, May 24 19:30
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Donald RunniclesConductor
Robert CarsenDirector
Luis F CarvalhoSet Designer
Dorothea KatzerCostume Designer
Maria BengtssonSopranoOceane von Parceval
Nikolai SchukoffTenorMartin von Diercksen
Christoph PohlBaritoneDr. Albert Felgentreu
Nicole HaslettSopranoKristina
Albert PesendorferBassPastor Baltzer
Doris SoffelMezzo-sopranoMadame Louise
Stephen BronkBassGeorg
Berlin Deutsche Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Robert PflanzVideo Artist

The “mysterious woman from the sea”, vainly attempting to fit into human society, was a source of inspiration for writers, composers and artists alike throughout the 19th century. Theodor Fontane, too, tried his hand at the subject matter: Oceane von Parceval, a fragment of an unfinished novella, was just one of his attempts to encapsulate in the form of Melusine the sense of menace and fascination felt by a bourgeois, male-dominated society faced with femininity coupled with an archaic, erotically permissive artlessness. With Fontane, Oceane’s inability to sympathise with human destinies serves to amplify her alienness. She is indifferent to death and love alike, and as such her attempt to have a relationship with a young landowner, Martin von Diercksen, is doomed to failure. For 2019, Fontane’s bicentenary, Detlev Glanert and Hans-Ulrich Treichel are continuing a collaboration that began with CALIGULA in 2006 and have written an opera based on this fragment.

One of the most successful opera directors working today returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for the premiere of OCEANE. Canadian Robert Carsen has worked at the world’s major opera houses for the last thirty years. At the Deutsche Oper Berlin he has staged Verdi’s MACBETH, Strauss’s ARIADNE ON NAXOS and most recently Prokofiev’s THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES.

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