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An opera project by Marina Abramović (2020)

Composer Marko Nikodijevic, Marina Abramović · With Musik by Marko Nikodijević and scenes of operas by Georges Bizet, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi | New Production

  • gefördert von Bernhard und Julia Frohwitter

  • Koproduktion mit Deutsche Oper Berlin, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Greek National Opera, Opéra national de Paris

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Director and sets
Marina Abramović
Co-Director
Lynsey Peisinger
Conductor
Yoel Gamzou
Music
Marko Nikodijević
Video
Nabil Elderkin
Script
Petter Skavlan, Marina Abramović
Visual Effects
Marco Brambilla
Costumes
Riccardo Tisci
Lighting
Urs Schönebaum
Dramaturgy
Benedikt Stampfli

Film Actor and Performance
Marina Abramović
Film Actor
Willem Dafoe
Carmen
Nadezhda Karyazina
Floria Tosca
Whitney Morrison
Desdemona
Leah Hawkins
Lucia Ashton
Adela Zaharia
Norma
Selene Zanetti
Cio-Cio-San
Gabriella Reyes
Violetta Valéry
Hera Hyesang Park
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
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“Vissi d’arte” – a love for her art. Shortly before the renowned singer Floria Tosca thrusts the knife into the chest of the beastly cynic Scarpia, she sings out her life in wistful retrospect. Although the aria marks the clam before the storm, the death of her adversary, this turning point in Giacomo Puccini’s opera also points to Tosca’s fate. Maria Callas, the primadonna assoluta of the 20th century, sang this aria many times. Marina Abramović has been fascinated by the life of the “Tigress”, as Callas was known, for decades. She has now developed the 7 Deaths of Maria Callas opera project, in which seven deaths on stage are recreated in exemplary form on the basis of the musical and scenic formative highlights of the respective operas – all arias that were immensely important for Maria Callas. In seven films and together with Willem Dafoe, Marina Abramović will die seven times and at the end of the performance, with the real death of Maria Callas in Paris in 1977, will be on the stage performing as herself. In addition to the well-known arias from the 19th and 20th centuries, Serbian composer Marko Nikodijević will compose music for the opera’s musical arrangement, and with it illustrate how Callas’s unconditioned love for her art never allowed a separation between the person on stage and the private person.

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Marina Abramović, geboren in Belgrad, ist seit den 1970er-Jahren Pionierin auf dem Feld der Performance-Kunst. In ihren Werken ist ihr Körper sowohl Gegenstand als auch Medium. Ihre Performances wurden u. a. aufgeführt im Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, der Neuen Nationalgalerie in Berlin, dem Museum of Modern Art New York, dem Guggenheim Museum und bei der Documenta. Sie erhielt zahlreiche Auszeichnungen, darunter für ihr Werk Balkan Baroque den Goldenen Löwen als beste Künstlerin der 47. Biennale di Venezia. Ihre Retrospektive The Cleaner ist von 2017 bis Januar 2020 in zahlreichen europäischen Metropolen zu sehen. Am Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in Antwerpen gestaltete sie Bühne und Konzept für Pelléas et Mélisande. In der Spielzeit 2019/20 zeichnet sie für die Konzeption, Inszenierung und Bühne der Oper 7 Death of Maria Callas verantwortlich und wirkt als Peformerin darin mit. (Stand: 2019)

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