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Die Soldaten

Bernd Alois Zimmermann

Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala

New production
in coproduction with Salzburg Festival
 

From 17 January to 3 February 2015

Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes intermission included

Sung in German with electronic libretto in Italian, English, German

Notes on the performancesOpen 
An ultra-modern theatrical score from the Eighteenth century, which became a formidable monument to Twentieth-century musical modernism. It is an opera that lives and breathes: in fifty years Die Soldaten has had several productions since its world premiere in 1965. The legendary score by Jakob Lenz (1751-92), set in a pre-Revolution France traumatized by war, brings together the illusions of social redemption and the accusation of male irresponsibility, with the usual debt of blood and suffering to be paid by everyone, women and men alike. The genial eclecticism of B. A. Zimmermann (1918-70) merges modernist complexity, recitatives, jazz and electronica, to describe through the medium of music that teems with great emotive strength the mental confusion of the characters and the accumulation of the various catastrophic parallel stories. The impressive staging by Alvis Hermanis, which delighted audiences in Salzburg in the co-production with La Scala, has great impact for its imagery, symbolism and human degradation. The return of Laura Aikin and Gabriela Beňačková in a dream cast.

Direction 

Conductor
Ingo Metzmacher
Staging
Alvis Hermanis
Sets
Alvis Hermanis e Uta Gruber-Ballehr
Costumes
Eva Dessecker
Lights
Gleb Filshtinsky
Video designer
Sergej Rylko

CAST 

Wesener
Alfred Muff
Marie
Laura Aikin
Charlotte
Okka von der Damerau
Weseners alte Mutter
Cornelia Kallisch
Stolzius
Thomas E. Bauer
Stolzius' Mutter
Renée Morloc
Gabriela Beňačková
Der junge Graf
Matthias Klink
Desportes
Daniel Brenna
Pirzel
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
Eisenhardt
Boaz Daniel
Mary
Morgan Moody
Haudy
Matjaž Robavs
Obrist
Johannes Stermann
Drei junge Offiziere
Paul Schweinester
Andreas Frueh
Clemens Kerschbaumer
Der Bediente der Grafin de la Roche
Werner Friedl
Drei Faehnriche, Drei Hauptleute
Stephan Schäfer
Volker Wahl
Michael Schefts
Madame Roux
Anna-Eva Köck
Der junge Faehnrich, Ein junger Jaeger
Rupert Grössinger
Der betrunkene Offizier
Aco Biscevic
Artistin
Katharina Dröscher
Vocal Ensemble “Il canto di Orfeo"
Conductors Ruben Jais and Gianluca Capuano
In this production of the opera, the tape performances pro vided for in the Iast scene of the Iast act in the scoro of Bernd AloIs Zimmermann have been omitted. This change of the work has not been authorized by the publisher and the legai successors of Bern ci Alofs Zimmermann; therefore, this production is no authorized version of the work.
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