Egmont © beyond | Leopold Kogler

Opera by Christian Jost

Libretto by Christoph Klimke in collaboration with Christian Jost

In German with German surtitles

World premiere | Commissioned by Theater an der Wien

Premiere: Monday, 17 February 2020, 7 pm

Performances: 19 / 21 / 24 / 26 February 2020, 7 pm

Synopsis

The Spanish Netherlands rise up against the rule of Philip II. They are demanding freedom of religion and greater autonomy for their country. Spain’s governor, Philip’s half-sister Margarete of Parma, repeatedly  tries to find compromises. The Dutch nobility hope that she will act as their ally in search for a diplomatic solution. In  particular, Prince Egmont of Gaure is one of those wishing to negotiate a satisfactory  and fair peace with her help. Philip II, however, sends the Duke of Alba, who has a reputation for ruthlessness, to his sister with the task of putting an end to all discussion through armed force. Egmont refuses to believe that Philip is so inflexible. But it quickly becomes clear how hopeless this all is: Alba secretly has Margarete  murdered. Now he has the imprudent Egmont arrested and the only hope the  prisoner and his beloved Clara have is Alba’s son Ferdinand who seems fascinated  by Egmont’s ideas of freedom: will he break the cycle of oppression and exploitation or will he only perpetuate it?

Cast

Komponist

Christian Jost

Biography
Libretto

Christoph Klimke

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Conductor

Michael Boder

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Director

Keith Warner

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Set & costume design

Ashley Martin-Davis

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Light design

Wolfgang Göbbel

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Choreography

Ran Arthur Braun

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Egmont, Prinz von Gaure

Edgaras Montvidas

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Clara

Maria Bengtsson

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Margarete von Parma

Angelika Kirchschlager

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Macchiavelli, ihr Sekretär

Károly Szemerédy

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Herzog Alba

Bo Skovhus

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Ferdinand, Albas Sohn

Theresa Kronthaler

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Orchestra

ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

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Choir

Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)

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