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An opera about Heinrich von Kleist's "Penthesilea"

Composer Hauke Berheide · Libretto by Amy Stebbins
In German with German surtitles

Munich Opera Festival
Wednesday, 29. June 2016
08:00 pm – 09:30 pm
Reithalle

Duration est. 1 hours 30 minutes

Prices PG24

Premiere at 29. June 2016

Uraufführung · Commissioned composition by Freunde des Nationaltheaters e.V.

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Komposition
Hauke Jasper Berheide
Musikalische Leitung
Oksana Lyniv
Libretto, Regie
Amy Stebbins
Bühne, Video
Luftwerk
Kostüme
Belén Montoliú
Licht
Benedikt Zehm
Dramaturgie
Malte Krasting
Chor
Sören Eckhoff

Penthesilea
Adriana Bastidas-Gamboa
Penthesileas hoher Schatten
Leela Subramaniam
Penthesileas tiefer Schatten
Hanna Herfurtner
Achill
Edwin Crossley-Mercer
Achills hoher Schatten
Joshua Owen Mills
Achills tiefer Schatten
Frederic Jost
Botin
Hildegard Schmahl
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War is always "over there". We ourselves don't see it. Soldiers steer drones through the green night and make decisions blindly. CNN and Tagesschau provide aestheticized splinters of a truth which may not even exist. In Kleist's Penthesilea (1808), war is raging, and no one can remember who is fighting against whom or for what reason. 

It is by means of Mauerschau - the Greek theater device of describing unstageable scenes as they unfold offstage - that the warring Amazons and Greeks try to get a clear view of the situation; yet Penthesilea and Achilles both misread the other's motives. Achilles plans to feign succumbing to his beloved on the battlefield; unaware of this, she kills him - or was it different? In Mauerschau, reality shatters. Characters and their stories split apart into multiple variations. And the war remains "over there" - in the sound, perhaps? Luftwerk's light and video design suspends all certainty of what's near and what's far. What did we see? What has happened? Will we ever know?

 

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Biographies

Hauke Jasper Berheide, geboren in Duisburg, erhielt Kompositionsunterricht bei David Paul Graham und studierte von 2001 bis 2009 bei Manfred Trojahn und später bei José Maria Sanchez Verdú. 

2012 war er Stipendiat der Deutschen Akademie Villa Massimo in Rom; im selben Jahr wurde sein Werk Der kleine Häwelmann für den Junge Ohren Preis nominiert. Darüber hinaus ist er Stipendiat der Akademie Musiktheater heute. Er arbeitete bereits u.a. mit den Düsseldorfer Symphonikern, den Hamburger Philharmonikern, den Duisburger Philharmonikern, dem NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, dem Ensemble Modern, dem Ensemble Reconsil Wien, dem Auryn Quartett und dem Sonarquartett. Für die Münchner Opernfestspiele 2016 an der Bayerischen Staatsoper komponiert er die Musik zu Mauerschau.

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