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.


Ingo Metzmacher
Alvis Hermanis
Alvis Hermanis e Uta Gruber-Ballehr
Eva Dessecker


Laura Aikin
Okka von der Damerau
Cornelia Kallisch
Gabriela Beňačková
Renée Morloc
Thomas E. Bauer
Daniel Brenna
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
Boaz Daniel
Matthias Klink
Alfred Muff
Morgan Moody
Matjaž Robavs
Teatro alla Scala