Rihm: Jakob Lenz in London

Reading time: 1 min. Wolfgang Rihm

Jakob Lenz is a complete piece of work, and I haven’t wanted to change anything about it for the last 35 years. I am moved by the story shaped by Georg Büchner of a young creative person who is ‘eaten up’ by his environment both externally and internally – but also by his own disposition as an erratic character that registers the spiritual and emotional climate around him like a barometer. This story moves me even today”. (Wolfgang Rihm)

The English National Opera is now giving the world première of a new English translation of Jakob Lenz.

Wolfgang Rihm: Jakob Lenz

chamber opera for soloists and chamber ensemble
performances: 17, 19, 21, 24, 26 and 27/4/2012
English translation: Richard Stokes
Director: Sam Brown
Conductor: Alexander Ingram
Lenz: Andrew Shore
Pastor Oberlin: Jonathan Best
Kaufmann: Richard Roberts

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