Opera in three acts

Composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold · Libretto by Paul Schott (Julius Leopold Korngold) frei after Georges Rodenbachs Roman „Bruges-la-morte“
In German with German and English Surtitels | New Production

Tuesday, 07. December 2021
07:00 pm – 10:15 pm

Duration est. 3 hours 15 minutes · 1. Akt (est. 07:00 pm - 07:50 pm ) · Interval (est. 07:50 pm - 08:10 pm ) · 2. Akt (est. 08:10 pm - 08:57 pm ) · Interval (est. 08:57 pm - 09:27 pm ) · 3. Akt (est. 09:27 pm - 10:15 pm )

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Premiere at 18. November 2019


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Lothar Koenigs
Simon Stone
Assistant Director
Maria-Magdalena Kwaschik
Set Design
Ralph Myers
Costume Design
Mel Page
Roland Edrich
Stellario Fagone
Lukas Leipfinger

Klaus Florian Vogt
Marietta/Die Erscheinung Mariens
Elena Guseva
Christoph Pohl
Jennifer Johnston
Mirjam Mesak
Daria Proszek
Joel Williams
Graf Albert
Evan LeRoy Johnson
Children‘s Chorus
Kinderchor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper

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The boundary between dream and reality increasingly dissolves as Paul, mourning his dead wife Marie, meets the dancer Marietta. With her looks so similar to Marie’s, Marietta becomes the object of the projection of Paul’s erotic desires. His grief has the traits of a ritual: The carefully composed strands of his dead wife’s hair are guarded like a relic. Following a nerve-racking “vision” with cathartic effect, Paul is finally reeled back to reality. He can leave the Belgian city of Bruges as the place of his death cult. The original title of the piece, “Triumph des Lebens” (Triumph of Life), is symbolic of the main character’s personal development.
Just a few weeks before the immensely successful world premiere of Die tote Stadt, none other than Giacomo Puccini himself described Erich Wolfgang Korngold, only 23 at the time, as the “greatest hope of new German music”. Because of their melodic urgency, arias such as “Glück, das mir verblieb (Marietta's Lute Song)” and “Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen (Pierrot's Song)” have found a home among the concert repertoires of numerous opera singers and radiate far beyond the fame of Die tote Stadt.


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Lothar Koenigs, geboren in Aachen, studierte Klavier und Dirigieren an der Musikhochschule in Köln. Von 1999 bis 2003 war er Musikdirektor in Osnabrück, gastierte danach u. a. an den Opernhäusern in Wien, New York, Dresden, Mailand, Hamburg, Venedig, Rom und Lyon. Von 2009 bis 2016 war er Music Director an der Welsh National Opera, wo er u. a. Chowanschtschina, Fidelio, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg und Lohengrin dirigierte. Gastdirigate führten ihn u. a. zu den BBC Proms und zum Edinburgh Festival. Zu seinem Repertoire zählen Werke wie Jenůfa, Elektra, Salome, Wozzeck, Hänsel und Gretel, Le nozze di Figaro, Lohengrin, Die Königskinder und Pelléas et Mélisande. In Symphoniekonzerten war er u. a. mit Orchestern wie den Wiener und den Dresdner Philharmonikern, dem Beethoven Orchester Bonn und dem Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia zu erleben. (Stand: 2019)

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