“Our time is full of the strangest things.” With these words, the beautiful Carlotta Nardi begins her seduction of the hunchback Alviano Salvago in the second act of Franz Schreker’s opera Die Gezeichneten [The Stigmatised]. It is a scene of tender intimacy and unsettling revelations, of veiled allusions and naked truths – and all couched in music of a supple lyric beauty that has few equals in operatic literature.
Franz Schreker was born today 140 ago in Monaco. 100 years ago, in April 1918, the 40-year-old’s opera Die Gezeichneten received its world première in Frankfurt.
Die Gezeichneten, perhaps Schreker’s most exciting work and a drama of love and uninhibited sexual desire, returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper on 12 May in Krzysztof Warlikowski’s production.
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