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Die Soldaten

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Teatro RealMadrid, 28013, Spain
May 16, 19, 22, 24, 28, 31, June 03 at 20:00
Performers
Teatro Real
Pablo Heras-CasadoConductorMay 16, 22, 24, 28, 31, Jun 03
Michael ZlabingerConductorMay 19
Calixto BieitoDirector
Rebecca RingstSet Designer
Ingo KrücglerCostume Designer
Steven HumesBassWesener
Susanne ElmarkSopranoMarie
Julia RileyMezzo-sopranoCharlotte
Hanna SchwarzMezzo-sopranoWesener's Mother
Leigh MelroseBaritoneStolzius
Iris VermillionMezzo-sopranoStolzius' mother
Reinhard MayrBassColonel Obrist, Count of Spannheim
Stefan VinkeTenorDesportes
Nicky SpenceTenorCaptain Pirzel
Germán OlveraBaritonePadre Eisenhardt
Rafael FingerlosBaritoneCaptain Haudy
Wolfgang NewerlaBaritoneCaptain Mary
Noëmi NadelmannSopranoGräfin (Countess) de la Roche
Antonio LozanoTenorGräfin de la Roche's Son
Chorus of the Teatro Real
Orchestra of the Teatro Real

The only opera that Bernd Alois Zimmermann composed was considered of such overwhelming technical difficulty that the Oper Köln (Germany) rejected it after having commissioned the work: it was too difficult to stage. A simplified revised version - although also devilishly complex – was finally accepted, it was to become one of the key works of the 20th century. The opera is based on the adaptation of an 18th century text of the same name by German poet Jakob Lenz, and it deliberately rebels against the rule of the three unities –place, action and time - of classical dramatic theatre.

The result is a variety of ancillary and disconnected events in fragmentary succession which do not always constitute scenes in the traditional sense. Added to this is a spherical concept of time where everything that has happened in the past will be repeated in the future and exist simultaneously. In other words, it is our perception that makes us believe that events follow one after the other, when in reality, this is not the case. Yesterday, today and tomorrow converge. In presenting a theatre of situation which opposes the psychological theatre, Die Soldaten emerges as an audacious, essential and radical work. 

Production by the Operhaus Zürich and the Komische Oper Berlin

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