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April 18 @ 8:00 pm - May 5 @ 10:00 pm CEST
Rarely has a theatrical world premiere been so warmly received as Dutch National Opera’s production of Arnold Schönberg’s late-Romantic Gurre-Lieder in 2014. The production fulfilled a fervent wish of principal conductor Marc Albrecht.
It was Albrecht’s idea to present Gurre-Lieder (a work written for the concert hall) as an opera. “The wonderful story and the inner drama lend themselves to it, and the enormous number of instruments fits in the Dutch National Opera & Ballet orchestra pit”.
The music of Gurre-Lieder is timeless, and so is its subject: a passionate, yet forbidden love. The story harks back to a Scandinavian saga, situated in Gurre. King Waldemar loves the girl Tove, who is a mysterious character, connected to both the world of people and the world of birds. The queen is jealous and has Tove killed. The Wood Dove tells of this in a moving song and the king accuses God of cruelty. A nightmarish scene follows, of a fierce army killed in battle, which rampages like a horde of ghosts. The radiant dawn at the end of Gurre-Lieder shows the insignificance of human destiny compared to the power of nature.
Language: German | Surtitle: Dutch and English