Today, the Nationaltheater Mannheim presents the world première of Bernhard Lang's new opera, Der Golem (music theatre in 22 chapters), with a libretto by Peter Missotten after Gustav Meyrink's novel.
Bernhard Lang already composed several pieces of music theater, including Das Theater der Wiederholungen (Graz, 2003), Schachoper (Vienna, 2005) and Der Reigen (Schwetzingen, 2012).
Pernath's life is breaking apart : he is brought to life with real intrigues, experiencing hallucinations and falling into spiritualistic intricacies. He meets the merchant Wassertrum, who is very rich and rules the ghetto. Charousek, the merchant's illegitimate son, follows relentlessly his father to their death. Pernath finds relief in the presence of Rabbi Hillel an his daughter Miriam, and crosses the path of the Golem, a surreal creature. With the help of old tarot cards, he appears as Pernath's doppelganger. (freely adapted from the NTM website).The cast includes baritone Raymond Ayers (Athanasius Pernath), countertenor Alin Deleanu (Charousek / Wassertrum), soprano Astrid Kessler (Angelina / Waitress), bass baritone Steven Scheschareg (Athanasius Pernath Double / Hillel) and mezzo Marie-Belle Sandis (Miriam). Joseph Trafton conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Nationaltheater Mannheim. Peter Missotten directs.