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Die Geschichte vom Soldaten

OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
Dates/times in Zurich time zone
Thursday 13 May 202119:00
Friday 14 May 202119:00
Saturday 15 May 202119:00
Sunday 16 May 202119:00
Performers
Zurich Opera
Andreas HomokiDirector
Jeannette SeilerSet Designer, Costume Designer
Franck EvinLighting Designer
Claus SpahnDramaturgy
Martin ZyssetTenorTeufel
Ruben DroleBaritoneSoldat
Philharmonia Zürich

Igor Stravinsky’s Geschichte vom Soldaten may have been written for one speaker, two actors, and seven musicians – but it is a musical theater masterpiece. It first saw the light of day in 1918 in Lausanne, and its origin story is closely connected to Switzerland. During his years of exile in Switzerland, Stravinsky developed the idea of a theater of modest means – at once portable and easy to take on the road for performances in markets and simple halls – together with conductor Ernest Ansermet and poet Charles Ferdinand Ramuz. Die Geschichte vom Soldaten is a mixture of fairytale, public speech, theater piece, and concerto for multiple players. It encompasses moments of sharply contoured music, brightly lighted theatricality, and poignant lyricism. Andreas Homoki directs this one-hour piece on an empty stage in front of the stage’s safety curtain with nothing more than two chairs, expressive light, highly virtuosic musicians, masterful performers.

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