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A lyrical and fantastical play in two parts - 1920

Composer Walter Braunfels · Libretto by the composer based on Aristophanes
In German with German and English surtitles | New Production

Sunday, 15. November 2020
04:00 pm
Nationaltheater

Introductory Event: 03:00 PM

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Premiere at 31. October 2020

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Cast

Conductor
Ingo Metzmacher
Production
Frank Castorf
Set Design
Aleksandar Denić
Costume Design
Adriana Braga Peretzki
Lighting
Lothar Baumgarte
Video
Andreas Deinert
Film
Timo Raddatz
Choruses
Stellario Fagone
Dramaturgy
Rainer Karlitschek

Prometheus
Wolfgang Koch
Wiedhopf, einstens ein Mensch, nun König der Vögel
Günter Papendell
Nachtigall
Caroline Wettergreen
Zaunschlüpfer
Emily Pogorelc
1. Drossel
Eliza Boom
2. Drossel
Yajie Zhang
Adler
Bálint Szabó
Rabe
Theodore Platt
Flamingo
George Vîrban
Hoffegut
Charles Workman
Ratefreund
Michael Nagy
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper

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It has literally come to be – the “cloud-cuckoo-land” of Aristophanes’s ancient comedy, The Birds. With unprecedented hubris the birds believe they are the Gods’ equal and can build their own powerful state, which will practically starve the Gods. How mistaken they are – at once foolhardy and ridiculously risible, with a tragic end for the rebels. The world premiere of his adaptation of the ancient material in Munich in 1920 was a huge breakthrough for composer Walter Braunfels. An enormous success, followed in Munich alone by fifty performances! His version is idiosyncratic and stand-alone – Braunfels adds a deeply romantic aspect to the piece, while remaining true to the comedy. He not only understands the new polity of the birds in political terms; he also does so artistically and lyrically. The new state’s failure is attributed to both a lust for power and a misplaced idealisation. The ancient myth is reflected in the sorrowful experiences of a world of yesterday. For Braunfels the ruins of the First World War are visible signs all around of the both political and spiritual decay – his opera is a final emphatic uprising against the fragmentation of the present. One hundred years later the work’s first new production now follows at the point of its world premiere.

 

 

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Biographies

Ingo Metzmacher begann seine Karriere in Frankfurt beim Ensemble Modern und an der dortigen Oper sowie am Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brüssel mit einer Neuproduktion von Schrekers Der ferne Klang. Von 1997 bis 2005 war er Generalmusikdirektor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper, danach Chefdirigent an De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam und beim Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, wo er ebenfalls künstlerischer Leiter war; seit 2016 ist er Intendant der KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen. In den letzten Jahren dirigierte er regelmäßig bei den Salzburger Festspielen sowie u. a. am Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, am Teatro alla Scala in Mailand und an der Wiener und Berliner Staatsoper. Er dirigierte den Ring des Nibelungen am Grand Théâtre in Genf. Mit Die Gezeichneten gibt er 2017 sein Debüt an der Bayerischen Staatsoper. (Stand: 2017)

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