Oresteia / Open-Air im Parkhaus


Iannis Xenakis (1922 – 2001)

Musiktheater für Bariton, Chor, Kinderchor und Kammerorchester
Nach der Tragödie des Aischylos
Uraufführung am 14. Juni 1966 in Ypsilanti [Michigan]
Bühnen-Erstaufführung am 21. August 1987 in Gibellina [Sizilien]
Premiere an der Deutschen Oper Berlin am 9. September 2014 auf dem Oberdeck im Parkhaus Deutsche Oper

In altgriechischer Sprache mit deutschen Übertiteln

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The ORESTEIA in the open air: During the remodelling of the main stage the Deutsche Oper Berlin will be mounting a major 20th-century work of musical theatre in the rather unusual setting of the upper deck of its multi-storey car park. Iannis Xenakis’ composition for Aeschylus’ Oresteia trilogy is conceived as an out-doors spectacle, and the world premiere took place on the baseball field of an American town – a powerful work with a singular musical language that is radically different from other scores of the period. Few works of contemporary musical theatre place such emphasis on percussion and rhythm.

In presenting the ancient tale of the Atreidae, Xenakis borrows from Ancient Greek theatre, using a narrator, extended chorus sections and two monologues. These elements highlight a number of aspects of Aeschylus’ trilogy and pose the core questions relating to guilt, ritual and religion, to personal responsibility – in short, to the most agreeable system of social organisation.

The elevated car park of the Deutsche Oper Berlin – a landscape of different architectural forms and materials featuring windows, balconies and gantries that lend themselves to performance – is at once a functional urban space and an artificial setting whose very nature and appearance raise issues of the process of social civilisation, of protection and shelter, of uncertainty and disconcertedness.

The staging of this extraordinary work of opera lies in the hands of director David Hermann and set designer Christof Hetzer, both of whom attracted attention in 2012 with their production of Helmut Lachenmann’s THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin e. V.

Presented by kulturradio vom rbb, Yorck Kinogruppe, tip berlin and taz.die tageszeitung.

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Einführung: 45 Minuten vor Vorstellungsbeginn in der Garderobenhalle, Zugang über Bismarckstrasse 35 (außer zur Premiere)