Sunday, 29 June 2014

Today : World première of 'Der goldene Drache' (Peter Eötvös) in Frankfurt

Today, the new opera by Peter Eötvös, Der goldene Drache (The Golden Dragon), with a libretto by Roland Schimmelpfennig after his own play, will be performed in Frankfurt at the Bockenheimer Depot.

According to the composer's own website, it is his 11th stage work, after, among others, Three Sisters (1997), Le Balcon (2002), Angels in America (2004) and Love and other Demons (2007).

Here is the introduction to this opera, reproduced from the opera house's website :
The parallel worlds of locals and immigrants converge in an Asian take-away. A young man from China, looking for his sister, has no means of identification and suffers from terrible toothache. His tooth is removed – with a wrench - and lands in a Thai soup and then, in the mouth of a stewardess who lives just around the corner. And the others? A man is growing old and longs for something that nobody can give him. A woman becomes pregnant, but her husband does not want the child. Another is left by his wife. A cricket works for an ant who unfairly takes advantage of him...
The cast is the following : Kateryna Kasper (Die junge Frau), Hedwig Fassbender (Die Frau über sechzig), Simon Bode (Der junge Mann), Hans-Jürgen Lazar (Der Mann über sechzig), Holger Falk (Der Mann). The composer conducts the Ensemble Modern and Elisabeth Stöppler directs. The performance should last about 90 minutes without intermission.

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