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Das Wunder der HelianeNew Production

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Opera Vlaanderen, AntwerpFrankrijklei 3, Antwerp, 2000, Belgium
2017 October 01 19:30, October 03 19:30, October 05 19:30, October 08 15:00, October 10 19:30
Performers
Opera Vlaanderen
Alexander JoelConductor
David BöschDirector
Christof HetzerSet Designer, Costume Designer
Ausrine StundyteSopranoHeliane
Tomás TómassonBassHerrscher (Ruler)
Ian StoreyTenorFremder (Stranger)
Natascha PetrinskyMezzo-sopranoBotin (Messenger)
Markus SuihkonenBassPförtner (Doorman)
Denzil DelaereTenorBlinder Schwertrichter (Blind Judge)
Koor Opera Vlaanderen
Symfonisch Orkest Opera Vlaanderen

In German with Dutch surtitles.

In Die tote Stadt in 1920, the young Erich Wolfgang Korngold confirmed his status as wunderkind. But with the much lesser known Das Wunder der Heliane, created seven years later, he took his grandiose, late romantic musical language even further.

The opera takes place in a nameless country: a remote and desolate wasteland, subject to its own ruthless laws and regulations. All that adds colour to life has been banned: desire, humour and love. Identity is suppressed, the dictatorship of the Ruler is all that counts. Literally: rien ne va plus! Nothing is allowed anymore. Heliane seems to be the only one to possess any individuality, and this allows her to overcome the power of the Ruler. The only condition appears to be faith in miracle and love. 

The production will be directed by David Bösch, whose previous work at Opera Vlaanderen includes Strauss' Elektra and Mozart's Idomeneo. Following a highly successful performance of Richard Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten in the 2010-2011 season, first guest conductor Alexander Joel will once again be presenting an early 20th-century work. Soprano Ausrine Stundyte will also return to our stage as a sublime Heliane.

Das Wunder der Heliane © Annemie Augustijns
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