Opera in three acts (1866)

Composer Ambroise Thomas · Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's „Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre“
In French with German Surtitles | New Production

Thursday, 03. September 2020
07:00 pm – 09:15 pm

without intermission

Duration est. 2 hours 15 minutes


Prices CEE

Premiere at 03. September 2020

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Pierre Dumoussaud
Christiane Lutz
Set Design
Christian Andre Tabakoff
Costume Design
Natascha Maraval
Benedikt Zehm
Stellario Fagone
Lukas Leipfinger

Sarah Gilford
Wilhelm Meister
Caspar Singh
Juliana Zara
Oğulcan Yilmaz
Daria Proszek
Christian Valle
George Vîrban
Die junge Mignon
Anna Stieglmeier
Mignons Mutter
Nina Laubenthal
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
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While both Giacomo Meyerbeer and Charles Gounod declined the offer of setting music to the Mignon libretto, it was Thomas who ultimately tackled the adaptation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s novel, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship. The heroine of the story is kidnapped as a child and ransomed from her captivity as Wilhelm’s young wife. She falls in love with her rescuer, who, however, only recognises his own love for Mignon when it becomes a matter of life and death.

For twelve years now the Bayerische Staatsoper has supported highly talented young singers with its Opera Studio, which also prepares them on a practical level for a career as opera singers. The Studio develops an opera production of its own each season. Previously these have included: Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring (2016), Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul (2017), Ernst Krenek’s The Dictator and Viktor Ullmann’s Der zerbrochene Krug (2018), among others, as well as this year’s two one-act pieces, Mavra by Igor Stravinsky and Iolanta by Peter I. Tchaikovsky.


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Pierre Dumoussaud absolvierte seine Dirigentenausbildung am Pariser Konservatorium. Es folgten Assistenzen bei Marc Minkowski, Paul Daniel, Patrick Davin, John Fiore und Péter Eötvös. Engagements führten ihn seither an das Dirigentenpult zahlreicher Orchester, darunter das Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, die Real Filharmonia de Galicia, das Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana sowie die Orchestres Nationales in Toulouse, Lille, Metz, der Auvergne, der Île-de-France, der Lorraine und der Normandie. Eine besondere Beziehung verbindet ihn mit dem Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, für das er von 2014 bis 2016 als Assistenzdirigent tätig war. (Stand: 2020)

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