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Opera in due illusioni - 2020

Composer Luca Francesconi · Libretto by Luca Francesconi after William Shakespeare's play of the same name
In English with German and Englisch surtitles | New Production

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  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Chorus and children's chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper

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Happiness can’t be bought. But the Athenian Timon enjoys the rapture of being charitable. He gives his money freely, helps others out of difficulty, buys goods he does not need, invites others to opulent parties, and all are his friends. When the money is gone, no-one wants to know him, and from one minute to the next, a people lover becomes a people hater, now and forever, without funds and resources. Shakespeare’s puzzling, as if fragmented play, dabbles with deceptive idealism and ideological blindness. In his tenth opera, Milanese composer Luca Francesconi, once a student of Luciano Berio and Karlheinz Stockhausen, Artistic Director of Venice’s Music Biennale, highly productive and performed around the globe, fearlessly and with relish creates all kinds of sound possibilities, from silence to shattering ruction, enveloping whispering and screaming, humming and singing. And all this with a grand ensemble, orchestra and choir, live electronics and feeds, right through to a two-person double title role. From the unhewn play text he produces an important piece that ranges far and wide. “With his insane egoism Timon reveals a universal principle of corruption, and the manifestation of his epitaph bequeaths the future an unpleasant, brutal truth.” (Luca Francesconi)

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