Die Besessenen

Die Besessenen

Opera (World Premiere)
Music by Johannes Kalitzke
Text by Christoph Klimke, based on the novel by Witold Gombrowicz


actor role
Composer & Conductor Johannes Kalitzke
Director Kasper Holten
Set design Steffen Aarfing
Costume designer Marie í Dali
Light designer Jesper Kongshaug
Frau Ocholowska, Mutter von Maja Noa Frenkel
Cholawicki Leigh Melrose
Maja Hendrickje van Kerckhove
Leszczuk Benjamin Hulett
Fürst Holszanski Jochen Kowalski
Skolinski Manfred Hemm
Orchestra Klangforum Wien
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Leigh Melrose


Melrose, LeighAfter his studies at the Royal Academy of Music the British singer performed internationally including Figaro (Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia) at New York City Opera, Silvio (Leoncavallo: I pagliacci) at Welsh National Opera, Britten’s Death in Venice at Barcelona, Marcello (Puccini: La bohème) at Opera Zuid, Sid (Britten: Albert Herring) at Paris, Ned Keene (Peter Grimes), Conte d’Almaviva (Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro) at the English National Opera, Carter’s On Conversing with Paradise in Aldeburgh, Dove’s Man on the Moon for Channel 4, Maxwell-Davies' The Martyrdom of St Magnus at the St Magnus Festival, Adam’s The Death of Klinghoffer in the Channel 4 film, Berlioz’ Les Troyens under Colin Davies and Xenakis’ Aïs at the BBC Proms & Berlin Festival. His future plans include Ned Keene at Vlaamse Opera, Papageno in Seattle and Maxwell-Davies’ Eight Songs of a Mad King in Madrid.