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Jörg Widmann: Das Gesicht im Spiegel (The Face in the Mirror)

Müpa: Festival Theatre1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1., Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary
Dates/times in Budapest time zone
Saturday 15 October 202219:00
Festival: Liszt Fest
Programme
Widmann, Jörg (b. 1973)Das Gesicht im Spiegel (The Face in the Mirror) (Hungarian premiere)Libretto by Roland Schimmelpfennig
Performers
Walter KoberaConductor
Carlos WagnerDirector
Christof CremerSet Designer, Costume Designer
Norbert ChmelLighting Designer
UMZE Chamber Orchestra
Women's Choir of Wiener Kammerchor
Ana Catarina CaseiroSopranoJustine
Roxane ChouxSopranoPatrizia
Wolfgang ReschBaritoneBruno
Georg KlimbacherBaritoneMilton
Christina BauerDirector
Eszter PetrányDancer

One of the most renowned composers and clarinettists of our time, Jörg Widmann wrote his first opera at the request of the Munich Opera Festival. The commission was for a piece that specifically addressed a contemporary, topical issue. Voted premiere of the year 2003 by the critics of Opernwelt, the work went on to be performed by several German companies and opera houses.
The piece, whose libretto was written by Roland Schimmelpfennig, is about an ambitious young couple, Patrizia and Bruno, who own a biotechnology company. The firm seems to be on the verge of making it big because one of its engineers, Milton has come up with the technology of cloning humans. He creates a perfect copy of Patrizia, who is even more perfect than the model, because, among other things, she can immediately recover from injuries. However, Justine, the clone, must not look in a mirror or else she would immediately realize she is but a copy... In addition to probing into ethical questions related to modern technologies, Widmann’s opera also presents a compelling emotional drama as Bruno and Milton become rivals when both fall in love with Justine.

Ticket prices: 3900 HUF / 4900 HUF / 5900 HUF

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