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Giorgio Battistelli [*1953]

With his 1968 film »Teorema«, also released as a novel, Pier Paolo Pasolini articulated his radical reckoning with the bourgeoisie. The film and the book revolve around an upper-class family that is prevented from falling apart only by conventions. Despite this weakness, only the erotic charisma of a stranger proves able to bring this fossilised system to its knees.

Il Teorema di Pasolini
Il Teorema di Pasolini © Stan Hema

This makes »Teorema« the most compelling expression of Pasolini’s underpinning theory that social change and the sexual emancipation of the individual are linked – even if the »sexual awakenings« experienced by family members trigger a variety of reactions.

Composer Giorgio Battistelli, one of the most important living Italian composers, with operas such as RICHARD III and most recently GIULIO CESARE to his name, has been fascinated by »Teorema« ever since 1992, the year that he first set the source material to music, as a chamber opera with mute actors, for the Munich Biennale, at the suggestion of his mentor Hans Werner Henze. Now, thirty years later, Battistelli has rendered Pasolini’s »Teorema« in full-blown operatic form.

With IL TEOREMA DI PASOLINI the Irish collective Dead Centre makes its debut in Berlin. The directorial team has long made an international name for itself in staged works of drama, which have been performed at venues such as the Wiener Burgtheater. Following on from their production of Olga Neuwirth’s BÄHLAMMS FEST at the Ruhrtriennale, they now present their second work of opera.

In Italian with German and English surtitles

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Music theatre by Giorgio BattistelliLibretto by Giorgio Battistelli freely adapted from the film of the same name by Pier Paolo PasoliniPremiere on 9 June 2023 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Participating artists
Giorgio Battistelli (Komposition)
Daniel Cohen (Musikalische Leitung)
Dead Centre (Inszenierung)
Nina Wetzel (Bühne, Kostüme)
Sebastian Dupouey (Video)
Jörg Königsdorf (Dramaturgie)
Barbara Frittoli (Lucia)
Davide Damiani (Paolo)
Monica Bacelli (Emilia)
Samuel Dale Johnson (Ospite)
Meechot Marrero (Odetta)
Andrei Danilov (Pietro)
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin (Orchester)
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