Rihm’s Conquest of Mexico in Spain

Reading time: 2 min. Wolfgang Rihm

The Spanish première of Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Die Eroberung von Mexico [The Conquest of Mexico] takes place on 9 October at the Teatro Real, Madrid. Pierre Audi’s production will run until 19 October, with Nadja Michael as Montezuma and Georg Nigl as Cortez.

Wolfgang Rihm: Die Eroberung von Mexico, Teatro RealExcerpts from a recent interview with Wolfgang Rihm by Ismael G. Cabral of Opera Actual:

What do you think of Pierre Audi’s work for this new production?

Rihm: I am grateful to Pierre Audi for two very successful productions: Jakob Lenz in London in 1980 and Dionysos in Salzburg in 2010. He is an extremely painstaking director who can keep music and scene in a state of productive uncertainty.

How are the two main characters Cortez and Montezuma characterised in the opera?

Rihm: Sonic spheres: vocal characteristics. Artaud’s mantra “male-female” plays an important role. The confrontation of two problematic spheres, two “cultures,” each of which is at odds with itself, determines the sonic reality. A kind of unification of opposites develops in the circumstance of unconscious conflicts – almost like an act of love.

Read the full interview.

Watch the Teatro Real’s trailer for the production on YouTube:

Wolfgang Rihm: Die Eroberung von Mexico [The Conquest of Mexico]
opera | 120'
3 4 4 1 - 3 3 3 1 - timp, perc(5), hp, pno, e.org, e.bass(2), vln(2), vla(2), vc(6), cb(4) - wind machine
prem. 09.10.2013, Teatro Real, Madrid; Nadja Michael/Ausrine Stundyte, Montezuma; Georg Nigl/Holger Falk, Cortez; Coro y Orquesta Titulares del Teatro Real; Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, cond. Alejo Pérez
Further performances: 11., 12., 13., 15., 17., 18., and 19.10.2013

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