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New opera material for a new time - this was not only sought by the avant-gardists in the 1920s. Old master Richard Strauss went even further and brought not only a story from the modern world, but also, barely veiled, his own married life to the stage.



  • Conductor: Sir Donald Runnicles / Dominic Limburg
  • Production: Tobias Kratzer

With Thomas Johannes Mayer, Maria Bengtsson / Flurina Stucki [June], Thomas Blondelle a. o.


Intermezzo

New opera material for a new time - this was not only sought by the avant-gardists in the 1920s. Old master Richard Strauss went even further and not only brought a story from modern life onto the stage, but also, barely veiled, his own married life. The marital war between a successful music director and his wife, triggered by a harmless misunderstanding, is the dominant theme of the comedy INTERMEZZO, which premiered in 1924.

But unlike "neutoners" such as Hindemith, Krenek and Schönberg, Strauss did not create a new musical language for his contemporary opera, but instead endowed his marital crisis story with an orchestral opulence that need not fear comparison with successful pieces such as DER ROSENKAVALIER and ARABELLA.

And with the composer's wife Christine, he created another stage-dominating female figure, in whose Straussian expansive vocal lines there is not only room for outbursts of temperament, but also space for the shadowy zones of unexpressed longings.


(In German with German and English surtitles)

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In German with German and English surtitles

A bourgeois comedy with symphonic interludes in two acts

Libretto by Richard Strauss

First performed at the Schauspielhaus Dresden on 4 November 1924

Premiere at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 25 April 2024

recommended from 15 years

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance
Participating artists
Sir Donald Runnicles (Musikalische Leitung)
Tobias Kratzer (Inszenierung)
Rainer Sellmaier (Bühne, Kostüme)
Stefan Woinke (Licht)
Jonas Dahl (Video)
Jörg Königsdorf (Dramaturgie)
Philipp Jekal (Hofkapellmeister Robert Storch)
Maria Bengtsson (Christine, seine Frau)
Emil Pyhrr / Elliott Woodruff (Franzl, ihr kleiner Sohn)
Anna Schoeck (Anna, die Kammerjungfer)
Thomas Blondelle (Baron Lummer)
Clemens Bieber (Kapellmeister Stroh)
Markus Brück (Notar)
Nadine Secunde (Frau des Notars)
Joel Allison (Kommerzienrat)
Simon Pauly (Justizrat)
Tobias Kehrer (Kammersänger)
Lilit Davtyan (Resi)
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin (Orchester)
Dates
April 2024
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