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Opera in three acts (1971)

Music by Gottfried von Einem

Libretto by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

In German with German surtitles

Production of Theater an der Wien

Premiere: Friday, 16 March 2018, 7 pm until 10 pm (Intermission: 8.20 pm)

Performances: 18 / 20 / 23 / 26 / 28 March 2018, 7 pm

Content

The comedy Der Besuch der alten Dame, first performed in 1956, made the playwright Friedrich Dürrenmatt world famous, especially following the 1963 film version starring Ingrid Bergmann. Gottfried von Einem had seen the play shortly after its premiere and considered it as the basis of an opera. However, it was to be ten years before he began work on it. When Dürrenmatt learned of this plan and became familiar with von Einem’s style he quickly agreed to adapt his play as a libretto himself. The hugely successful premiere took place on 23 May 1971 at the Vienna State Opera. Dürrenmatt’s parable about the amorality of an apparently decent, respectable but secretly money-loving and self-centred middle-class community is as topical in 2018 as it was when it was written. Von Einem’s intense musical portrayal of the murderous atmosphere that gradually descends around Claire’s victim, Ill the shopkeeper, the evocative use of orchestral colours and not least the part of Claire Zachanassian, a tour de force for a mezzo-soprano, made the opera one of von Einem’s most enduring successes.

As a young woman, Claire Zachanassian was made pregnant and then abandoned by Ill, the shopkeeper, in her home town of Güllen. She was driven out of the small town by the sanctimonious inhabitants, humiliated and branded a whore. Many years later, her numerous marriages have left her fabulously wealthy, and she returns to Güllen, which is now utterly decrepit and impoverished. She has an empty coffin with her: she plans to take deadly revenge on the man who seduced her so heartlessly. If Ill is murdered for her in Güllen, she will give the town a billion. Following the initial shock, the greed for money prevails and the cynical plan works. Ill is captured by the townsfolk and killed, and they receive the billion. Claire departs again with his body in the coffin as a hunting trophy.

Cast

Conductor

Michael Boder

Biography
Director

Keith Warner

Biography
Set & costume design

David Fielding

Biography
Choreography

Karl Alfred Schreiner

Biography
Light design

John Bishop

Biography
Video

David Haneke

Biography
Claire Zachanassian

Katarina Karneus

Biography
Ihr Gatte VII

Ernst Allan Hausmann

Biography
Ihr Gatte IX

Erik Årman

Biography
Boby, ihr Butler

Mark Milhofer

Biography
Koby / Boomer

Antonio Gonzales **

Biography
Loby / Pressemann

Alexander Linner **

Biography
Roby

Jakob Müller ***

Biography
Toby

Rudolf Karasek ***

Biography
Alfred Ill

Russell Braun

Biography
Mathilde, seine Frau

Cornelia Horak

Biography
Ottilie, seine Tochter

Anna Marshania *

Biography
Karl, sein Sohn

Johannes Bamberger

Biography
Bürgermeister

Raymond Very

Biography
Annette, seine Frau

Kaitrin Cunningham **

Biography
Pfarrer

Markus Butter

Biography
Lehrer

Adrian Eröd

Biography
Dr. Nüßlein, Arzt

Martin Achrainer

Biography
Hahncke, Polizist

Florian Köfler *

Biography
Erste Frau

Anna Gillingham *

Biography
Zweite Frau

Carolina Lippo *

Biography
Hofbauer

Botond Odor

Biography
Helmesberger

Matteo Loi *

Biography
Bahnhofvorstand

Alessio Borsari **

Biography
Zugführer

Marcel Krokovay **

Biography
Kondukteur

Masanari Sasaki **

Biography
Kameramann

Jörg Espenkott **

Biography
Orchestra

ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

Biography
Choir

Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)

Biography
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Mitglieder des Jungen Ensembles des Theater an der Wien

Biography
**

Mitglieder des Arnold Schoenberg Chores

Biography
***

Statisterie des Theater an der Wien

Biography

Kombi-Angebot

Für die Vorstellungsserien der Premierenproduktionen von Der Besuch der alten Dame im Theater an der Wien und Dantons Tod an der Wiener Staatsoper anlässlich des 100. Geburtstags des Komponisten Gottfried von Einem bieten die beiden Institutionen ein attraktives Ticket-Kombiangebot:

Für eine gekaufte Eintrittskarte in einem der beiden Häuser gibt es beim Kauf eines Vollpreis-Tickets in der jeweils anderen Spielstätte eine Ermäßigung von 30%.

BesucherInnen, die bereits für beide Produktionen Karten gekauft haben, können – bei Vorlage beider Eintrittskarten – entweder für die erworbene Karte in der Wiener Staatsoper oder jene im Theater an der Wien einen Gutschein im Wert von 30% des bezahlten Vollpreises in Anspruch nehmen.

Theater an der Wien:  Tageskasse Theater an der Wien, Linke Wienzeile 6, 1060 Wien
Öffnungszeiten: Mo - Sa von 10:00 - 18:00 Uhr; Feiertags geschlossen
 
Wiener Staatsoper:      Kassenhalle der Bundestheater, Operngasse 2, 1010 Wien
Öffnungszeiten: Mo – Fr 8.00 – 18.00 Uhr, Sa/So/Feiertag 9.00 – 12.00 Uhr

Fotos Galerie

Der Besuch der alten Dame 2017/18

Premiere: 16. März 2018
Inszenierung: Keith Warner
Musikalische Leitung: Michael Boder
Neuproduktion des Theater an der Wien
Fotos: © Werner Kmetitsch