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Karl Marx' 200th Birthday. Politics in opera.
»I think that if we manage to get into heaven we'll have to help make the thunder.« wrote Büchner's in his sketches for Woyzeck, which Alban Berg transformed into one of the most important works in modern opera. The history of political operas intensified after some forerunners from the age of Enlightenment in the 19th century. Works like Beethoven's Fidelio, Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots, Verdi's Les Vêpres siciliennes and Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina come to mind — all operas that have been performed at Oper Frankfurt in recent seasons. Thoughts about Socialism and social reform were focussed on after the beginning of the 20th century. Marx’ axiom, that all earlier societies were dominated by class wars and political power, essentially the organised surpression of one class by another, was strongly taken up in operas from the 1920s. Works included in this series of readings include Berg's Wozzeck, Kurt Weill's Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny/The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagony, George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, Luigi Nono's Intolleranza 1960, Hans Werner Henze's We Come To The River and John Adams’ Nixon in China.
Readings organised by the Dramaturgy Department on March 5th, 12th, 19th 2018 - all Mondays at 7pm