Dido and Aeneas ... Erwartung 
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In the current episode, Kathi Roeb and Linda Becker talk about the baroque opera Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell and the expressionist monodrama Erwartung by Arnold Schönberg. The evening of music theater is built from both pieces. They are linked with an electronic interlude composed by Paweł Mykietyn. Kathi talks to the dramaturge Katharina Ortmann about Dido's psychological borderline experiences, which is the connection to the piece Erwartung. In both plays, love, loneliness and psychological fragility meet. She also talks to dancer Aaron Amoatey about the influence ballet and the opera stage have on his dance style.

The works in brief

Krzysztof Warlikowski combines Dido and Aeneas ... Expectation to an evening of music theater without intermission. Both works are connected with an interlude: an electronic interlude, which also continues the action and atmosphere of the music theater evening scenically and choreographically. The composer of the interlude is Paweł Mykietyn, with whom Krzysztof Warlikowski has had a long collaboration.



Andrew Manze

"Dido and Aeneas ... Anticipation brings two important works of musical history together in one evening of musical theater."

 "There will be an interlude between the two performances that I think is absolutely magical."

After studying classical music at Cambridge University, Andrew Manze studied violin.
Since September 2014, Manze has been principal conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover. As music director of the production Dido and Aeneas ... Erwartung, Andrew Manze will make his debut at the Bavarian State Opera in the 2022/23 season.


Krzysztof Warlikowski

"There are two different works, both the baroque opera Dido and Aeneas and the monodrama Erwartung. Both works complement each other and continue each other's story. That's what's exciting for me about this combination."

"Three characters stay behind in the forest, they move into an empty house - that's where it all begins."

Krzysztof Warlikowski made his directorial debut in 1992 at the Krakow Theatre Academy with Dostoevsky's White Nights and Canetti's The Blinding. At the TR Warszawa Theater, he has directed plays by Shakespeare, Euripides, Sarah Kane, Hanoch Levin, and Tony Kushner's Angels in America. Since 2008 he has been Artistic Director of the Nowy Teatr in Warsaw. At the Bavarian State Opera he most recently staged Tristan und Isolde. With the musical theater evening Dido and Aeneas ... Erwartung is his seventh production in Munich.