A Florentine Tragedy [Concert version]

Works by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Alban Berg, Alexander von Zemlinsky

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2 hours 15 minutes / One interval

Sung in German. No surtitles. The libretto is displayed free of charge and independently of the programme booklet on the evening of the performance.

At 7.15 pm there will be an introductory lecture.

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»Every time I’m in Vienna and walk past the Secession building, I feel the echo of this spirit of departure for modernism, the spirit of the early 20th century. A time associated with names such as Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. Suddenly, culture was unleashed and inebriated, and art was the controlled space where a new, lustful gaze at the world was given reign.

That is the era we invite the audience to experience when we perform works written between 1905 and 1920 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. There are the 7 FRÜHE LIEDER by Alban Berg, the suite from VIEL LÄRM UM NICHTS by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and then the short opera EINE FLORENTINISCHE TRAGÖDIE by Alexander von Zemlinsky. These composers reached for brand-new harmonies and sonic colours, resulting in textures previously unknown. This music radiates a kind of erotomania, especially Zemlinsky. It is about affairs, love triangles, ecstasy. These were happening in the artists’ private lives as well: Alma Mahler, for example, first had a relationship with Klimt, then with Zemlinsky, but also had an affair with Kokoschka. Barriers were breaking down everywhere. You can feel this in the music too.

Artistic imagination of the time appears to be boundless. The music itself is a rodeo ride on a razorblade, now tonal and romantic, now atonal and modern, often oscillating between the two within one and the same work. This is the sound of a time of freedom!« (Marc Albrecht]

The programme includes

Erich Wolfgang Korngold [1897 – 1957]
Suite to Shakespeares „Viel Lärmen um Nichts“, Op.11

Alban Berg [1885 – 1935]
Sieben frühe Lieder
Nacht (Text: Carl Hauptmann)
Schilflied (Text: Nikolaus Lenau)
Die Nachtigall (Text: Theodor Storm)
Traumgekrönt (Text: Rainer Maria Rilke)
Im Zimmer (Text: Johannes Schlaf)
Liebesode (Text: Otto Erich Hartleben)
Sommertage (Text: Paul Hohenberg)

*** Interval ***

Alexander von Zemlinsky [1871 – 1942]
Eine florentinische Tragödie [concert version]
Opera in one act; libretto after Oscar Wilde's "A Florentine Tragedy" in the German translation by Max Meyerfeld. Premiere on 30 January 1917 in Stuttgart

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Today in the foyer: "St. Nicholas is coming
17.00 h / Rank foyer on the right
Duration: approx. 25 minutes / free admission

The visit of Father Christmas is a cherished tradition at the Advent Calendar of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. This time we encourage our younger guests to get active themselves and share with us their favourite experiences from the past year. While enchanting music plays and Father Christmas is sure to have a sweet or two in his luggage, we invite you to take part in a small interactive activity. This year, our Father Christmas will be accompanied by the young Italian soprano Elisa Verzier.

In 2016 she made her debut at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste in Mendelssohn's EIN SOMMERNACHTSTRAUM and as Serpina in Paisiello's LA SERVA PADRONA. Her church music repertoire includes Mozart's "Coronation Mass", Handel's "Messiah", John Rutter's "Mass of the Children" and several pieces by Pergolesi, Schubert and Bach. Elisa Verzier has won numerous competitions. Her next engagements include Norina / DON PASQUALE in Trieste and La Contessa / LA SCUOLA DEI GELOSI in Turin. In the 2022/23 season she is engaged as a scholarship holder of the Förderkreis in the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she will sing Pamina / DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Marzelline / FIDELIO, Frasquita / CARMEN, Musetta / LA BOHÈME and Zerlina / DON GIOVANNI, among others.