Rienzi: Deutsche Oper Berlin April 2012 - the trailer, the production photos

Written By The Wagnerian on Saturday, 31 March 2012 | 11:22:00 pm



Least you have been living in a cave the last few months, the dates have now changed to those originally announced.




Rienzi, The Last of the Tribunes

Saturday, 21.04.2012, 19:30 h
Playtime: 3 hrs | 1 interval
Opera in five acts
Poem by Richard Wagner, based on the novel Rienzi, or The Last of the Tribunes by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
First performed on 20th October 1842 in Dresden
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 24th January 2010

In German language with surtitles

Conductor
Sebastian Lang-Lessing

Director
Philipp Stölzl

Co-Regie
Mara Kurotschka

Stage-design
Ulrike Siegrist

Philipp Stölzl

Costume-design
Kathi Maurer

Ursula Kudrna

Video
FettFilm (Momme Hinrichs und Torge Møller)

Choir Conductor
William Spaulding

Rienzi
Torsten Kerl

Irene
Manuela Uhl

Steffano Colonna
Ante Jerkunica

Adriano
Daniela Sindram

Paolo Orsini
Krzysztof Szumanski

Cardinal Orvieto
Lenus Carlson

Baroncelli
Clemens Bieber

Cecco del Vecchio
Stephen Bronk

Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Rome in flames − it is the middle of the Fourteenth Century, the Pope rules from Avignon. In the Eternal City the rival noble families of the Colonna and Orsini are engaged in a bitter struggle for political dominance. A charismatic idealist seizes power, a man from the people and leader of the citizens’ party − Cola di Rienzi. Six decades after its successful Dresden premiere, a penniless “artist” finds his own political mission prefigured in Richard Wagner’s work about the rise and fall of a tribune of the people. His name: Adolf Hitler.

Director Philipp Stölzl interprets RIENZI as a parable of the dangerous tightrope walk between idealism, hubris and realpolitik. The republican dream of the people’s tribune ends in dictatorship and destruction. For him, in a series of symbols unique to himself, the stage becomes a multimedia experiment, set up to show the inevitable fate of a “hero.”