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Die Gezeichneten (The Branded)New Production

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Komische Oper BerlinBehrenstraße 55-57, Berlin, Germany
January 21 18:00, January 27 19:30, February 01 19:30, February 10 19:30, February 18 18:00
Performers
Komische Oper Berlin
Stefan SolteszConductor
Calixto BieitoDirector
Rebecca RingstSet Designer
Ingo KrüglerCostume Designer
Ausrine StundyteSopranoCarlotta Nardi
Peter HoareTenorAlviano Salvago
Katarzyna WłodarczykAltoGinevra Scotti
Christiane OertelMezzo-sopranoMartuccia
Adrian StrooperTenorGuidobald Usodimare
Ivan TuršićTenorMenaldo Negroni
Michael NagyBaritoneCount Vitelozzo Tamare
Jonathan McCulloughBaritoneGonsalvo Fieschi
Tom Erik LieBaritoneMichelotto Cibo
Joachim GoltzTenorDuke Antoniotto Adorno, Capitaneo di Giustizia
Önay KöseBassJulian Pinelli
Jens LarsenBassLodovico Nardi
Samuli TaskinenBassPaolo Calvi
Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin
Vocalconsort Berlin
Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

Deformity has defined him since the day he was born. Like an act of defiance, the Genoese nobleman Alviano Salvago declares: »Beauty is the reward of the strong!« This maxim will be his life’s work and his downfall. He wants to share an artificial paradise which he has created – the island of Elysium – with his fellow citizens of Genoa. But what is the truth behind the traceless disappearance of Genoa’s girls? Why do Alviano’s friends protest against his endeavour? When the beautiful artist Carlotta appears at the presentation ceremony, Alviano is plunged into an inferno of emotional confusion and political intrigue. At the centre of it all is the gruesome secret of his island. 
With widely sweeping waves of melodies and experimental harmonic developments ranging to the edge of tonality, Franz Schreker created scintillating portraits of the human soul in this work, which premièred in 1918. Schreker, who during his lifetime was the most frequently-performed German composer but was then defamed as »debased« from 1933 onward, here created a piece of musical theatre which – inspired by symbolism and psychoanalysis – dissolves both musical and dramatic boundaries. His characters are literally branded by one another. Under the direction of the grand-master of interpreting human spiritual suffering, and under the musical direction of the internationally successful conductor Stefan Soltesz, the protagonists search for salvation through love and beauty, but lose themselves in the abyss of political intrigues, erotic excesses and terrible betrayal.

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