An opera project by Marina Abramović (2020)

· 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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  • 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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