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(Sirens - Scenes of Desire and Destruction)

Rolf Riehm
* 1937
Opera in three parts and eight scenes
Libretto by the composer, based on Homer's Odyssey, Karoline von Günderode, Isabelle Eberhardt, and others
Commissioned by Oper Frankfurt
Sung in German with German surtitles

Duration: c. 1 1/2 hrs, without interval

About the work

A passionate twist to the Odyssey, something which could happen to anyone at some point in their life. When nothing promises safety, nothing can be trusted any more, but is real. Circe, knowing she must let her beloved Odysseus leave, devises a plan. She sends his ship past the sirens, knowing all too well that his survival will inevitably mean their death.
»The main theme in the opera« said the composer, »is Odysseus, his encounter with the goddess Circe and the mesmerising, lethal, song of the sirens. I would be delighted if my music could make it clear that we, like Circe, the sirens and Odysseus, could also find ourselves in danger when caught up in conflicts of love, betrayal, leave taking and desire.
Rolf Riehm has been fascinated by the myth of the sirens for a long time.
The process leading to the first performance of this opera has been an unusual experiment for us. For the last three years the composer, director, dramaturges, team and colleagues have worked closely together, exchanging ideas and thoughts about how the music and staging grow together.

Sunday 14.09.2014 18:00 h

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Martyn Brabbins
Tobias Heyder
Stage Designer
Tilo Steffens
Costume Designer
Verena Polkowski
Lighting Designer
Joachim Klein
Christina Becker
Wolfgang Willaschek
Mareike Wink

Tanja Ariane Baumgartner
Odysseus (young)
Lawrence Zazzo
Odysseus (old)
Michael Mendl
Dominic Betz
Annette Schönmüller
Sarah Maria Sun
Frauke Burg
Britta Stallmeister
Barbara Zechmeister
Maria Pantiukhova *
Jessica Strong*
Nina Tarandek

Oper Frankfurt's Orchestra

* Member of the Opera Studio

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