German première of Rihm’s Dionysos

Reading time: 1 min. Wolfgang Rihm première

Wolfgang Rihm’s latest music theatre work Dionysos, which was premièred at the Salzburg Festival in 2010, will now receive its German première.

In the work, Rihm found a very particular voice for Friedrich Nietzsche. Musical quotes pointing to the past are used with deliberate nuance, but always enriched by interruptions before they are allowed to lull us.

Near the end, a threatening percussion sound reminds us of the Rihm who wrote Hamletmaschine in 1986, and who now interjects a moment of threatening Dionysian impetus into the almost Apollonian tranquility.

(German première)
operatic phantasia based on texts by Friedrich Nietzsche, libretto by the composer
Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatsopernchor, cond. Ingo Metzmacher
Georg Nigl, Dionysos; Mojca Erdmann, 1st high soprano/Ariadne; Elin Rombo, 2nd high soprano; Virpi Räisänen/Julia Faylenbogen, mezzo-soprano;Matthias Klink, A Guest/Apollon;
dir. Pierre Audi
set: Jonathan Meese
08–15.07.2012 Berlin, Staatsoper im Schiller Theater

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