Lazarus

Music by Franz Schubert and Charles Ives

Premiere
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
7 pm

New production of Theater an der Wien

Cast

Conductor: Michael Boder
Director: Claus Guth
Set & costum design: Christian Schmidt
Light design: Bernd Purkrabek
Dramaturgy: Konrad Kuhn
 
Lazarus: Kurt Streit
Maria: Annette Dasch
Martha: Stephanie Houtzeel
Simon: Florian Boesch
Jemina: Çigdem Soyarslan
Nathanael: Ladislav Elgr
Dancer: Paul Lorenger
Nachthelle: Jan Petryka | Martin Mairinger (13.12)
Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker
Chorus: Arnold Schoenberg Chor

Synopsis

In 1820 Franz Schubert turned his attention to a libretto for an oratorio written by August Hermann Niemeyer in 1778: Lazarus oder Die Feier der Auferstehung. The work, described by its librettist as a “religious drama”, survives only as a fragment. The first act is fully extant, but the second breaks off in the middle of an aria. The remainder of the manuscript is lost; how much more Schubert composed is uncertain. It was not until 1863, thirty-five years after his death, that the fragment was first performed in Vienna. Nevertheless, Lazarus is one of the most moving vocal works and has a special place in Schubert’s oeuvre.

The raising of Lazarus from the dead is only recounted in the Gospel of John in which it precedes the Passion of Christ. Along with his sisters Mary and Martha, Lazarus is a fervent devotee of the Messiah. He dies in the firm belief in the resurrection on the Day of Judgement. However, Jesus gives a sign by bringing the dead man, who has already been buried in his tomb for several days, back to life. In Niemeyer’s Lazarus, this event becomes a turning point in the life of Simon, who has lost his faith as a result of a series of misfortunes. In Act III (for which no known score by Schubert exists) he is converted after meeting the resurrected Lazarus.

Following on from his staged performance of Handel’s Messiah (2008), Claus Guth continues his focus on the subjects of death and redemption with Schubert’s oratorio. He makes use of the fact that the extant score breaks off in the middle of the burial of Lazarus, which means that the miracle of Lazarus’s restoration to life remains untold. With instrumental compositions by Charles Ives (e. g. The Unanswered Question) and other vocal works by Franz Schubert he creates an evening of theatre that centres on death and what might come after it. A performance that deals with questions to which there are no definite answers.

Photos Gallery

Lazarus 13/14

Premiere: 11 December 2013

Director: Claus Guth
Conductor: Michael Boder
New production of Theater an der Wien
Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Videos

SANCTUS Franz Schubert - aus der Szenischen Fassung "Lazarus"

SANCTUS Franz Schubert - aus der Szenischen Fassung "Lazarus"

Franz Schubert: Sanctus (aus der Messe Es-Dur) D 950 für Chor und Orchester
Finale aus der Szenischen Fassung des Oratorien-Fragment "Lazarus" von Claus Guth, Christian Schmidt und Konrad Kuhn
Musikalische Leitung: Michael Boder
Inszenierung: Claus Guth
Ausstattung: Christian Schmidt
Licht: Bernd Purkrabek
Dramaturgie: Konrad Kuhn
Mit Kurt Streit, Annette Dasch, Stephanie Houtzeel, Florian Boesch, Çigdem Soyarslan, Ladislav Elgr, Paul Lorenger
Wiener Symphoniker
Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)
Premiere: 11. Dezember 2013
Neuproduktion des Theater an der Wien

"Nachthelle" D 892 von Franz Schubert/aus der Szenischen Fassung "Lazarus" von Claus Guth

"Nachthelle" D 892 von Franz Schubert/aus der Szenischen Fassung "Lazarus" von Claus Guth

Tenor-Solo: Jan Petryka
Arnold Schonberg Chor (Leitung: Erwin Ortner)
Klavier-Solo: Levente Török
Ausschnitt aus der Szenischen Fassung von Franz Schuberts Oratorien-Fragment "Lazarus" von Claus Guth, Christian Schmidt und Konrad Kuhn
Musikalische Leitung: Michael Boder
Premiere: 11. Dezember 2013
Neuproduktion des Theater an der Wien

„Wo bin ich" (Arie des Simon) aus LAZARUS von Franz Schubert

„Wo bin ich" (Arie des Simon) aus LAZARUS von Franz Schubert

Florian Boesch (Simon)
aus LAZARUS, Oratorien-Fragment von Franz Schubert D 689 (1820/1863)
Szenische Fassung von Claus Guth, Christian Schmidt und Konrad Kuhn
Musikalische Leitung: Michael Boder
Wiener Symphoniker
Premiere: 11. Dezember 2013
Neuproduktion des Theater an der Wien