Dirk Kaftan / Ein Brief_Christus 1280x680 © Irene Zandel
EIN BRIEF
Eine reflexive Szene
Austrian first performance
Music by Manfred Trojahn
Text by Hugo von Hoffmannsthal
 
CHRISTUS AM ÖLBERGE
Oratory (1803)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Libretto by Franz Xaver Huber
 
In German
 
Saturday, 29 February 2020, 7.30 pm until 9.30 pm (Intermission: 8.05 pm)
 
 

Content / Background

Fretting about the future: in the fictional Letter of Lord Chandos to Francis Bacon by Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1902) a successful young author recounts the loss of his linguistic, and therefore poetic, abilities. He is plagued with doubt, also about language as a medium in general. The German composer Manfred Trojahn takes this text as the basis of a prologue to a stage production of Beethoven’s oratorio Christus am Ölberge. Hofmannsthal’s text deals with the artistic crisis and consequently the situation that Beethoven found himself in when writing the oratorio. He documents his personal crisis of increasing deafness which shut him out from society in his  Heiligenstadt Testament (October 1802). Hofmannsthal’s text casts new light on the  oratorio and the circumstances of Beethoven’s life when he wrote it.

Cast

Director

Dirk Kaftan

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Baritone

Holger Falk

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Jesus

Rainer Trost

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Seraph

Ilse Eerens

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Petrus

Seokhoon Moon

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Orchestra

Beethoven Orchester Bonn

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Choir

Chor der Oper Bonn

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