Opera in five acts

Composer Giuseppe Verdi · Libretto by Eugène Scribe and Charles Duveyrier
In French with English and German surtitles | New Production

Thursday, 22. March 2018
07:00 pm

Introductory Event: 06:00 PM

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Musikalische Leitung
Omer Meir Wellber
Antú Romero Nunes
Matthias Koch
Victoria Behr
Dustin Klein
Michael Bauer
Rainer Karlitschek
Stellario Fagone

Rachel Willis-Sørensen
Helena Zubanovich
Bryan Hymel
Guy de Montfort
George Petean
Erwin Schrott
Matthew Grills
Galeano Salas
Callum Thorpe
Long Long
Le Sire de Béthune
Alexander Milev
Le Comte de Vaudemont
Johannes Kammler

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What happens to love when it is besieged on both sides – by politics on the one side and family loyalties on the other? And what if both these forces are fatefully and inextricably linked? In his grand opéra Les Vêpres siciliennes Giuseppe Verdi takes a no-holds-barred look at these questions, presenting the two lovers Hélène and Henri. Even as their wedding bells are still pealing, they fall victim to a massacre resulting from the irreconcilable enmity between Sicilians and their French occupiers. Love demonstrates no utopian powers.

And yet, Verdi’s enthralling composition draws its listeners in and keeps the audience on the edge of their seats.


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Omer Meir Wellber studierte an der Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. In den vergangenen Jahren dirigierte er u. a. beim Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, dem Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI Turino, dem Israel Philharmonic Orchestra und dem London Philharmonic Orchestra. Außerdem ist er regelmäßiger Gastdirigent u. a. an der Semperoper Dresden, am Teatro La Fenice in Venedig und an der Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv. Von 2010 bis 2014 war er Music Director am Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia. Seit 2009 ist er Musikdirektor des Raanana Symphonette Orchestra. Er ist Initiator des Education-Projekts Sarab – Strings of Change, welches jungen, benachteiligten Beduinen in Israel mit musikalischer Ausbildung neue Perspektiven eröffnen soll. An der Bayerischen Staatsoper übernahm er bisher die musikalische Leitung von u. a. La traviata, Carmen, Mefistofele und Andrea Chénier. (Stand: 2017)

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