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Sweeney Todd

OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Suiza
2021 enero 17 14:00, enero 19 19:00, enero 21 19:00, enero 23 19:00, enero 26 19:00, enero 31 20:00
Zurich Opera
David Charles AbellDirector
Andreas HomokiDirector de escena
Michael LevineDiseño de escena, Diseño de vestuario
Annemarie WoodsDiseño de vestuario
Sir Bryn TerfelBajo-barítonoSweeney Todd
Angelika KirchschlagerMezzosopranoMrs Lovett
Elliot MadoreBarítonoAnthony Hope
Liliana NikiteanuMezzosopranoBeggar Woman
David SoarBajoJudge Turpin
Iain MilneTenorBeadle Bamford
Soraya MafiSopranoJoanna
Barry BanksTenorPirelli
Spencer LangTenorTobias
Franck EvinDiseño de iluminación
Arturo GamaCoreografía
Beate BreidenbachDramaturgia
Janko KastelicDirector del coro
Zurich Opera Chorus
Philharmonia Zürich

Sweeney Todd – a «Musical Thriller» – is set in Victorian London, and tells the story of a barber who has returned to his home after an absence of 15 years. Sweeney Todd – the barber’s alias – is possessed with the idea of taking revenge on Judge Turpin, who at the time had committed a crime against Todd’s wife Lucy and exiled him to an Australian penal colony. He learns from Mrs. Lovett that Johanna, his daughter, is living as Judge Turpin’s ward – and that the judge is planning to marry her soon. So Sweeney moves into his old barber shop and starts whetting his knife. But when the planned murder of Turpin goes awry, Todd vows revenge on all of mankind, and in a blind fury kills as many people as he can. Mrs. Lovett, in turn, makes her own kind of killing: she processes the corpses into mince pies, earning a pretty penny from an unsuspecting clientele.

Although Sweeney Todd is considered a musical, the lavishly orchestrated, through-composed score brings the piece, which draws its inspiration from both classical horror literature and horror films, close to a grand opera. And the casting of the title character calls for an outstanding performer who can credibly present the deeply wounded and bloodthirsty figure of Sweeney Todd on stage, and do so with a grand operatic voice of the darkest dimensions. Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, who was previously celebrated as Sweeney Todd for the premiere, returns to play the murderous barber in the revival of Andreas Homoki’s production. Joining him once again as Todd’s pie-making partner Mrs. Lovett is Austrian mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager. Musicals specialist David Charles Abelll will – as in the premiere – lead the Philharmonia Zürich.

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