Performance dates & times

Friday 21 Aug
7:30 PM

Running Time 140 minutes, plus interval

Price range

Standard
$39.00 - $159.00

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A filmic vision of memory and illusion

Admired by Mahler and Puccini, Korngold was only 23 when he composed this mysterious and hallucinatory study of grief, memory, and obsession. Based on a novella by Belgian Symbolist poet Georges Rodenbach, Die tote Stadt (The Dead City) was one of the biggest hits of the 1920s but has rarely been staged since World War II.

Unable to deal with the death of his wife, Paul retreats from the world to live in his memories. When he meets a dancer who bears an uncanny resemblance to his wife, his emotional state rapidly unravels leading to hallucinations.

With vivid, sumptuous music for a massive orchestra, this concert version features the Australian National Music Academy (ANAM) under the baton of internationally renowned conductor Simone Young, and superstar singers Marlis Petersen (currently artist-in-residence at the Berlin Philharmonic) and Michael Schade.

Prefiguring Korngold’s future success in Hollywood as a composer of film scores, Die tote Stadt is a sensual, intense psychological experience floating between illusion and reality.


Credits

COMPOSER
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
LIBRETTIST
Paul Schott
CONDUCTOR
Simone Young (ANAM Guest Faculty)

Cast

Paul
Michael Schade
Marie/Marietta
Marlis Petersen
Juliette
Kathryn Radcliffe
Brigitta
Liane Keegan
Frank-Fritz
Samuel Dundas
Lucienne
Shakira Dugan
Victorin
Carlos E. Bárcenas
Graf
Michael Dimovski
ORCHESTRA
ANAM Orchestra

  • Victorian Opera
  • Australian National Academy of Music logo

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