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Edward II.

Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini (*1971)

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Music Theatre in 10 scenes
Libretto by Thomas Jonigk, based on Christopher Marlowe's „Edward II. The troublesome raigne and lamentable death of Edward the second, King of England with the tragicall fall of proud Mortimer“ [1593], Ralph Holinsheds' „Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland“ [1587] & der „Vita Edwardi“ [14. Jhd.]
World premiere: 19th February 2017 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin

In German language with German and English surtitles

90 mins / no interval

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performanceThe usual introductions given in the right-hand foyer of the dress circle are being extended. The new format finds dramatic adviser Dorothea Hartmann talking (in German) with celebrity guests from the world of politics and the arts about how they relate personally to Edward II as a historical figure, an icon of the gay-rights movement and now the subject of an opera. Dates: 24th February 2017 with Thomas Jonigk, 1st March 2017 with Klaus Lederer, 4th March 2017 with Rosa von Praunheim and 9th March 2017 with André Schmitz.


Stage Director

Christof Loy

Set design

Annette Kurz

Costume design

Klaus Bruns

Light design

Stefan Bolliger

Choir Conductor

Raymond Hughes


Yvonne Gebauer


Dorothea Hartmann

Edward II.

Michael Nagy

Piers de Gaveston

Ladislav Elgr

Roger Mortimer

Andrew Harris

Walter Langton

Burkhard Ulrich


James Kryshak

Soldiers, Councillors

Markus Brück
Philipp Jekal (09.03.2017)

Soldiers, Councillors

Gideon Poppe

Spencer jr.

Gieorgij Puchalski

Prince Edward

Mattis van Hasselt
Ben Kleiner (24.02.2017 | 09.03.2017)

About the performance

Edward II keeps bad company, and the friend he needs least is Piers de Gaveston. The king’s childhood playmate and favourite pal, Gaveston is showered with power and fiefdoms, to the annoyance of the peers of England. So it is that Edward’s regency is overshadowed by assorted conflicts revolving around this resented friendship. When the nobles finally take their revenge, the battle lines are drawn between peers and loyalists and a period of violence and bloodshed ensues. The protégé is murdered; the king is deposed and, according to folklore, killed in a particularly gory manner. Whether the close bond between Edward and Gaveston in the early 14th century was sexual in nature remains a contested issue, but among art circles Edward II has been an icon of the gay movement for centuries. The subject matter inspired Christopher Marlowe’s bloody 1593 play about the self-assertive strivings of the hapless English king, the version by Bertolt Brecht of the same name [1923] and Derek Jarman’s famous film adaptation “Edward II” in 1992.

In response to a commission from the Deutsche Oper Berlin and using a libretto by Thomas Jonigk, Swiss composer Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini is writing a piece of musical theatre that focuses entirely on the role of the outsider Edward II and looks at society’s attitude towards homosexuals both then and now. In recent years Scartazzini has made a name for himself as an opera composer with an ear for the powerful language of musical theatre. His last operatic work was THE SANDMAN, which premiered in 2012 at the Theater Basel with Christof Loy directing. Loy, who received excellent notices for his productions of JENUFA and FALSTAFF at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, is also directing Scartazzini’s new work of musical theatre, EDWARD II.

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