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Die tote StadtNew production

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NationaltheaterMax-Joseph-Platz 2, Munich, Bavaria, 80539, Germany
Dates/times in Berlin time zone
Bavarian State Opera
Kirill PetrenkoConductor
Simon StoneDirector
Ralph MyersSet Designer
Mel PageCostume Designer
Jonas KaufmannTenorPaul
Marlis PetersenSopranoMarietta
Andrzej FilończykBaritoneFrank, Fritz
Jennifer JohnstonMezzo-sopranoBrigitta
Mirjam MesakSopranoJuliette
Corinna ScheurleMezzo-sopranoLucienne
Manuel GüntherTenorGaston
Dean PowerTenorGraf Albert
Roland EdrichLighting Designer
Stellario FagoneChoirmaster / chorus director
Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
Bayerisches Staatsorchester

The boundary between dream and reality increasingly dissolves as Paul, mourning his dead wife Marie, meets the dancer Marietta. With her looks so similar to Marie’s, Marietta becomes the object of the projection of Paul’s erotic desires. His grief has the traits of a ritual: The carefully composed strands of his dead wife’s hair are guarded like a relic. Following a nerve-racking “vision” with cathartic effect, Paul is finally reeled back to reality. He can leave the Belgian city of Bruges as the place of his death cult. The original title of the piece, “Triumph des Lebens” (Triumph of Life), is symbolic of the main character’s personal development.

Just a few weeks before the immensely successful world premiere of Die tote Stadt, none other than Giacomo Puccini himself described Erich Wolfgang Korngold, only 23 at the time, as the “greatest hope of new German music”. Because of their melodic urgency, arias such as “Glück, das mir verblieb (Marietta's Lute Song)” and “Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen (Pierrot's Song)” have found a home among the concert repertoires of numerous opera singers and radiate far beyond the fame of Die tote Stadt.

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