Genia © beyond | Leopold Kogler

Opera in two acts (2020)

Music by Tscho Theissing

Libretto by Kristine Tornquist

In German with German surtitles

World premiere | Commissioned by Theater an der Wien at Kammeroper

Premiere: Thursday, 5 March 2020, 7 pm

Performances: 8 / 10 / 12 / 24 / 29 / 31 March 2020 & 2 April 2020, 7 pm

Synopsis

Ludwig van Beethoven is attending a rehearsal of one of his symphonies. His secretary Anton Schindler bustles around him tirelessly and subserviently. Beethoven is very unhappy with the rehearsal; his ideas about how fast an allegro should be are totally different from those of the orchestra. He is annoyed. But the solution to the  tempo problem appears in the persons of the inventors Johann and Leonhard  Maelzel. Whereas Beethoven believes in art, the Maelzels believe in technology. Their latest invention concerns both worlds: a timekeeping device called  “metronome”. This should make an end to quarrels between orchestras and composers. Beethoven, though, is more interested in the Maelzels’ talented assistant Elise. She is fascinated by the gruff genius, too. But Leonhard  Maelzel gets jealous because he wants to marry Elise himself. Despite this, the Maelzels develop a  mechanical orchestra for Beethoven with 259 instruments, the Panharmonicon. But  the composer and the inventor start arguing while Elise is trying to unite technology  and art.

Cast

Komponist

Tscho Theissing

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Libretto

Kristine Tornquist

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Conductor

George Jackson

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Director

Kateryna Sokolova

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Set design

Erich Uiberlacker

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Costume design

Alexandra Burgstaller

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Light design

Franz Tscheck

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Beethoven

Kristján Jóhannesson

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Elise

Jenna Siladie

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Johann Nepomuk Mälzel

Dumitru Mădăraşăn

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Leonhard Mälzel

Quentin Desgeorges

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Anton Schindler

Johannes Bamberger

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Genia

Ilona Revolskaya

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Orchestra

Wiener KammerOrchester

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