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L'InvisibleWorld première

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Deutsche OperBismarckstraße 35, Berlin, Germany
2017 October 08 18:00, October 18 19:30, October 22 18:00, October 25 19:30, October 31 18:00
Performers
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Donald RunniclesConductor
Vasily BarkhatovDirector
Zinovy MargolinSet Designer
Olga ShaishmelashviliCostume Designer
Rachel HarnischSopranoUrsula / Marie / Ygraine
Annika SchlichtMezzo-sopranoMarthe / Bellangère
Ronnita MillerMezzo-sopranoHandmaiden
Stephen BronkBassGrandfather / An old man / Aglovale
Thomas BlondelleTenorUncle / Stranger
Tim SeverlohCountertenor1st Servant
Martin WölfelTenor2nd Servant
Matthew ShawCountertenor3rd Servant
Berlin Deutsche Opera Orchestra
Berlin Deutsche Opera Chorus

Evening, and the family has gathered. The mother has been in childbed for weeks following a difficult birth. As night falls there are indications that someone is approaching the house, yet no one is to be seen - until the nurse enters and announces the death of the mother. “The Intruder” is one of three short plays by Belgian symbolist Maurice Maeterlinck, a trio of plays - along with “Interior” and “Tintagile’s Death” - that are connected to each other as they form the basis of the libretto for Aribert Reimann’s new opera, L’INVISIBLE. They provided variations on the themes of the inescapable fact of death and people’s helplessness when faced with it. Spaces are created that are, at once, bourgeois salon and folk-tale castle, dream and nightmare vision. And the work features characters who, in their everyday conversations, try to distract people from the unutterability of their sorrow, cruelty, helplessness and fears - the actual, impressively rendered theme of Maeterlinck’s plays.

For L’INVISIBLE, too, Aribert Reimann relies - as he did with THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA and MEDEA - on stories from world literature, which, being his own librettist, he has adapted for his own purpose. He is also returning to his home-from-home, the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Four of his stage works were created in response to commissions from this institution, and now the venue is set to host the world premiere of his new, ninth opera. The director, Vasily Barkhatov, is one of the most interesting Russian directors of his generation. Following projects at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre and St Petersburg’s Mariinski Theatre, among other venues, Barkhatov is now making his debut in the Bismarckstraße.

Rachel Harnisch, Annika Schlicht and Thomas Blondelle © Bernd Uhlig
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