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Detlev Glanert (*1960)

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Opera in two acts
Libretto by Hans-Ulrich Treichel, based on
Theodor Fontane's „Oceane von Parceval“
First performed on 28th April, 2019 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin

In German language with German and English surtitles

2 hrs / one interval

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



Sir Donald Runnicles
Stephan Zilias (24.05.2019)

Director, Set design, light design

Robert Carsen

Stage design

Luis F. Carvalho

Costume design

Dorothea Katzer

Light design

Peter Van Praet

Chorus Master

Jeremy Bines


Lorena Randi


Ian Burton


Jörg Königsdorf

Oceane von Parceval

Maria Bengtsson

Martin von Dircksen

Nikolai Schukoff

Dr. Albert Felgentreu

Christoph Pohl


Nicole Haslett

Pastor Baltzer

Albert Pesendorfer

Madame Louise

Doris Soffel

About the performance

The “mysterious woman from the sea”, vainly attempting to fit into human society, was a source of inspiration for writers, composers and artists alike throughout the 19th century. Theodor Fontane, too, tried his hand at the subject matter: Oceane von Parceval, a fragment of an unfinished novella, was just one of his attempts to encapsulate in the form of Melusine the sense of menace and fascination felt by a bourgeois, male-dominated society faced with femininity coupled with an archaic, erotically permissive artlessness. With Fontane, Oceane’s inability to sympathise with human destinies serves to amplify her alienness. She is indifferent to death and love alike, and as such her attempt to have a relationship with a young landowner, Martin von Diercksen, is doomed to failure. For 2019, Fontane’s bicentenary, Detlev Glanert and Hans-Ulrich Treichel are continuing a collaboration that began with CALIGULA in 2006 and have written an opera based on this fragment.

One of the most successful opera directors working today returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for the premiere of OCEANE. Canadian Robert Carsen has worked at the world’s major opera houses for the last thirty years. At the Deutsche Oper Berlin he has staged Verdi’s MACBETH, Strauss’s ARIADNE ON NAXOS and most recently Prokofiev’s THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES.

Our thanks to our partners

A commissioned work by Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Presented by Tagesspiegel and tip Berlin.
Kindly supported by Fleurop.
This opera will be recorded by Deutschlandfunk Kultur and broadcast on Saturday, 15 June 2019, from 19.05 in the series Opera. You will receive Deutschlandfunk Kultur in Berlin on FM 89.6 as well as DAB+, cable, satellite, online or app.



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