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The Antichrist enters a godless world. Summoned by Lucifer himself he reveals himself in many forms: through arrogance, discontent, lust, deceit and hatred humanity is tested and tempted in the "battle of all against all". Yet the voice of God ultimately puts an end to the Antichrist: "Hephata!" / "Open yourself!" – the world seems cleansed.

Rued Langgaard
Rued Langgaard © Det Kongelige Bibliotek

Rued Langgaard's "church opera", composed in the early 1920s and fundamentally revised until 1930, is a monolith of the composer's works, which has no dearth of exciting and unusual pieces. Starting from the Revelation to John he drafts an eschatologically defined mystery play that cannot conceal the zeitgeist of the fin de siècle. His highly symbolic text rife with associations can thus be read with the appropriate historical pessimism. Yet the shimmering music – shaped by the late Romantic, great orchestral sounds, yet always falling in on itself, and from which prosaic and austere details emerge – brings hope into the dark world. The artistic maverick Langgaard found in this a personal style reminiscent of Strauss and Wagner without neglecting his contemporaries Hindemith and Schönberg.

Director Ersan Mondtag is holding his Berlin opera debut – the immensely powerful imagery of the winner of multiple "Junior Director of the Year" [Theater heute] distinctions, whose works have been seen at numerous theatre conferences, seems to be made for Langgaard's eschatological mysteriousness through its over-aestheticisation.
Additional information
Church opera in two acts and six pictures; revised version, BVN 192 (1930)Libretto by Rued Langgaard Scenic premiere on 2 May 1999 at the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck

Recommended from 16 years on

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance
Participating artists
Stephan Zilias (Musikalische Leitung)
Ersan Mondtag (Inszenierung, Bühne)
Annika Lu Hermann (Kostüme)
Ersan Mondtag (Kostüme)
Jeremy Bines (Chöre)
Rainer Casper (Licht)
Rob Fordeyn (Choreografie)
Carolin Müller-Dohle (Dramaturgie)
Thomas Lehman (Luzifer)
Jonas Grundner-Culemann (Gottes Stimme)
Valeriia Savinskaia (Das Echo der Rätselstimmung)
Irene Roberts (Die Rätselstimmung)
Clemens Bieber (Der Mund, der große Worte spricht)
Gina Perregrino (Der Missmut)
Flurina Stucki (Die große Hure)
AJ Glueckert (Das Tier in Scharlach)
Clemens Bieber (Die Lüge)
Jordan Shanahan (Der Hass)
Thomas Lehman (Eine Stimme)
György Jellinek (Tänzer*innen)
Giorgia Bovo (Tänzer*innen)
Joel Donald Small (Tänzer*innen)
Vasna Felicia Aguilar (Tänzer*innen)
Vincent Clavaguera (Tänzer*innen)
Ana Dordevic (Tänzer*innen)
Daphne Fernberger (Tänzer*innen)
Ulysse Zangs (Tänzer*innen)
Yuri Shimaoka (Tänzer*innen)
Leo Lin (Tänzer*innen)
Ashley Wright (Tänzer*innen)
Derrick Amanatidis (Tänzer*innen)
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