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Opera in five acts (1927; world premiere 1954)

Music and libretto by Sergey Prokofiev

In Russian with German surtitles

New production Theater an der Wien

Premiere: Thursday, 16 April 2020, 7 pm

Performances: 18 / 21 / 23 / 26 / 28 April 2020, 7 pm

Synopsis

The year is 1534. Ruprecht spends the night in a run-down inn. Suddenly he hears cries of fear from the next room, in which it seems a woman is in danger. He breaks down the connecting door to help her and comes face to face with a stunningly beautiful woman – who is alone. She implores him to protect her and tells him her  extraordinary story: Her name, she says, is Renata, and ever since she was a child  she had an intimate relationship with a fiery angel called Madiel, but she has lost him and has been looking for him, constantly pursued by demons. Something about this strange woman moves Ruprecht. He becomes her protector and more and more he falls deeply in love with her, but she only takes advantage of him. When he is  seriously injured, she cares apparently loving for him, but then she enters a convent.  Soon after her arrival strange things start to happen there. The abbess summons an inquisitor, but his exorcism spirals completely out of control. In the end the inquisitor sentences Renata to be burned at the stake.

Cast

Conductor

Constantin Trinks

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Director

Andrea Breth

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Stage design

Martin Zehetgruber

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Costume design

Carla Teti

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Light design

Alexander Koppelmann

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Dramaturgy

Antonio Cuenca Ruiz

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Ruprecht

Bo Skovhus

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Renata

Ausrine Stundyte

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Die Wirtin / Äbtissin

Natascha Petrinsky

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Die Wahrsagerin

Elena Zaremba

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Agrippa / Mephistopheles

Nikolai Schukoff

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Inquisitor

Alexey Tikhomirov

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Mathias / Faust

Markus Butter

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Jakob Glock / Arzt

Andrew Owens

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Der Wirt / Knecht

Kristján Jóhannesson

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Orchestra

Wiener Symphoniker

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Choir

Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)

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