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JULIETTA
Bohuslav Martinu
1890 - 1959
Lyric Opera in three acts
Libretto by the composer, after the play by the same name by Georges Neveux
First performed March 16th 1938, Nationaltheater, Prague
Sung in German with German surtitles

About the work

Michel, a book-seller, finds himself in a small town by the sea, a place he once visited as a child. But that is just a memory, and memories are not to be trusted. The opera leads us to a place whose inhabitants have lost the ability to remember things: a world devoid of memory and, therefore, sense of time. But there seems to be another theme which is closely linked to this. What if we only dream our life, and life and dreams are only »pages of a untitled book«? This deeply rooted, recurring suspicion, which dates back to Calderon in the 1600s, lies behind this lyric opera by the Czech composer Martinů, which vacillates between illusion and reality. The imaginary world in the work, and Georges Neveux's play, a predecessor of absurd theatre, becomes even more heightened by the magical music. Martinů's sound language moves between Debussy's dream world and Stravinsky's matter of factness. The work is only held together by the unfathomable, constantly blurring character portrait of Julietta, an allegory for the longing for love. Martinů's recurring questions: »What is man? What am I? What are you? What is truth?« raise their heads again here in the search for a single, absolute principle, that somewhere in the boundless »continuum of space and time, confused concepts appear to exist in the past and future« (Martinů). Is man capable of love?
Performances

Wednesday 08.07.2015 19:30 h

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Cast

Conductor
Sebastian Weigle
Director
Florentine Klepper
Stage Designer
Boris Kudlička
Costume Designer
Adriane Westerbarkey
Lighting Designer
Jan Hartmann
Dramaturge
Norbert Abels
Chorus Master
Markus Ehmann

Julietta
Juanita Lascarro
Michel
Kurt Streit
Town inhabitants
Marta Herman
Maria Pantiukhova *
Nina Tarandek
Judita Nagyová
Magnús Baldvinsson
Andreas Bauer
Beau Gibson
Sebastian Geyer
Kihwan Sim

Oper Frankfurt's Orchestra

* Member of thhe Opera Studio

 
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