Opera in two parts after William Shakespeare arranged by Claus H. Henneberg - 1978

Composer Aribert Reimann
In German with German and English surtitles | New Production

Sunday, 23. May 2021
07:00 pm

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Tickets for this event will be sold from Monday, 17. May 2021, 10 a.m.

Premiere at 23. May 2021


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Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Christoph Marthaler
Production Assistant
Joachim Rathke
Set Design
Anna Viebrock
Costume Design
Dorothee Curio
Michael Bauer
Stellario Fagone
Benedikt Stampfli, Malte Ubenauf

König Lear
Christian Gerhaher
König von Frankreich
Edwin Crossley-Mercer
Herzog von Albany
Ivan Ludlow
Herzog von Cornwall
Jamez McCorkle
Graf von Kent
Brenden Gunnell
Graf von Gloster
Georg Nigl
Andrew Watts
Matthias Klink
Goneril, Tochter König Lears
Angela Denoke
Regan, Tochter König Lears
Ausrine Stundyte
Cordelia, Tochter König Lears
Hanna-Elisabeth Müller
Graham Valentine
Dean Power
Marc Bodnar
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper

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King Lear intends to distribute his kingdom among his three daughters. Those that love him the most will receive the most. As Cordelia only describes her love in plain, simple words, she disappoints her father and leaves empty-handed. The kingdom is divided between the other two, and discord and scheming set in immediately. Lear is broken by it, becomes a powerless beggar and loses his sanity.
Aribert Reimann composed his opera Lear based on William Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, with a libretto by Claus H. Henneberg. It celebrated its world premiere at the Nationaltheater in the 1978 as a work commissioned by the Bayerische Staatsoper. Reimann’s composition illustrates a dramaturgy that moves the game of power obsession along at breakneck speed. Lear’s vocal line, characterised by exorbitant virtuosity, illustrates the broken King with his manner of speaking only appearing confused on the surface. The instrumental cluster structures of this monumental work create a breath-taking atmosphere, and are the reason why, as an opera classic of the 20th century, this metamorphosis is an indispensable mirror image of our age.


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Jukka-Pekka Saraste studierte an der Sibelius-Akademie in Helsinki Dirigieren. Er war Chefdirigent des Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra und des Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, denen er weiterhin als Ehrendirigent verbunden ist, sowie des WDR Sinfonieorchesters Köln, dem er von 2010 bis 2019 vorstand. Weitere Leitungspositionen bekleidete er beim Scottish Chamber Orchestra und beim Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Außerdem war er Principal Guest Conductor des BBC Symphony Orchestra. Als Gastdirigent leitete er u. a. das London Philharmonic Orchestra, das Philharmonia Orchestra, das Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, das Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, das Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, die Münchner Philharmoniker, die Staatskapelle Dresden, das Cleveland Orchestra sowie die Boston, Chicago und San Francisco Symphony und die Los Angeles und New York Philharmonic. (Stand: 2021)

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