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Antikrist

Rued Langgaard (1893 – 1952)
Thu 26.03.2020 - 19:30 h
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Informationen zum Werk

Church opera in two acts and six pictures; revised version, BVN 192 (1930)
Libretto by Rued Langgaard
Scenic premiere on 2 May 1999 at the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck

Recommended from 16 years on

In German language with German and English surtitles

90 mins / No interval

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance

Cast

Conductor

Stephan Zilias

Director, Set design

Ersan Mondtag

Light design

Rainer Casper

Chorus master

Jeremy Bines

Choreographer

Rob Fordeyn

Dramaturgy

Lars Gebhardt

Echo of Spirit of Mystery

Rachel Park

Spirit of Mystery

Irene Roberts

The Mouth Speaking Great Things

Thomas Blondelle

Despondency

Anna Buslidze

The Great Whore

Flurina Stucki

The Scarlet-Coloured Beast

Michael König

A Voice

Thomas Lehman

About the performance

The Antichrist enters a godless world. Summoned by Lucifer himself he reveals himself in many forms: through arrogance, discontent, lust, deceit and hatred humanity is tested and tempted in the "battle of all against all". Yet the voice of God ultimately puts an end to the Antichrist: "Hephata!" / "Open yourself!" – the world seems cleansed.

Rued Langgaard's "church opera", composed in the early 1920s and fundamentally revised until 1930, is a monolith of the composer's works, which has no dearth of exciting and unusual pieces. Starting from the Revelation to John he drafts an eschatologically defined mystery play that cannot conceal the zeitgeist of the fin de siècle. His highly symbolic text rife with associations can thus be read with the appropriate historical pessimism. Yet the shimmering music – shaped by the late Romantic, great orchestral sounds, yet always falling in on itself, and from which prosaic and austere details emerge – brings hope into the dark world. The artistic maverick Langgaard found in this a personal style reminiscent of Strauss and Wagner without neglecting his contemporaries Hindemith and Schönberg.

Director Ersan Mondtag is holding his Berlin opera debut – the immensely powerful imagery of the winner of multiple "Junior Director of the Year" [Theater heute] distinctions, whose works have been seen at numerous theatre conferences, seems to be made for Langgaard's eschatological mysteriousness through its over-aestheticisation.

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