Marcus Lieberenz
Do, 05/12/2019, 19:30 Uhr
Musiktheater / Oper

Death in Venice

Oper in zwei Akten von Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten’s last opera was also his most personal. The work is extraordinary not simply for the autobiographical threads that are reflected in Thomas Mann’s ageing writer Gustav von Aschenbach; the circumstances surrounding the creation of the work are also inextricably linked to the themes explored. Looking to thwart what he saw as his impending death, Britten took refuge in composition, citing his need to finish the work as a pretext for putting off an urgent heart operation.
Britten expanded the musical theatre form into a panopticon of self-reflection that accumulates traditions and former experiences. The use of male sopranos – here for the role of Apollo – dates back to baroque opera but was a common feature of Britten’s early work, with parts being written for the great British countertenors Alfred Deller and James Bowman. The role of Gustav von Aschenbach was the largest created by Britten for his partner Peter Pears, with Aschenbach always at the heart of the proceedings. His casting of a bass to play Aschenbach’s various opponents, all threatening him with death and destruction, is rooted in the narrative tradition of Jacques Offenbach’s THE TALES OF HOFFMANN.

Markus Stenz, Musikalische Leitung
Graham Vick, Inszenierung
Stuart Nunn, Bühne, Kostüme
Wolfgang Göbbel, Licht
Ron Howell, Choreografie
Jeremy Bines, Chöre
Ian Bostridge, Gustav von Aschenbach
Seth Carico, Die Todesboten
Tai Oney, Apollo

  • Einführung: 45 Minuten vor Vorstellungsbeginn
  • Dauer: 03:00h, Pausen: Eine Pause
  • Bemerkungen zum Datum und Uhrzeit: Zum letzten Mal in dieser Spielzeit
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