Premiere 4 April 2020

Ticket release 30 Sept @ 10am

Death in Venice

When you’re staring into the abyss.

Opera in two acts by Benjamin Britten (1913–1976). Libretto by Myfanwy Piper based on a novella by Thomas Manns.

Sung in English with Swedish surtitles.

Suite from Death in Venice, recorded during the Season Concert 2019

Gustav von Aschenbach is a famous German writer of high morals and strict self-discipline. He also suffers from writer’s block. During an anxiety-ridden moment at a cemetery, he decides to travel south in hopes of finding inspiration. While in Venice – the City of Dreams – he becomes fascinated with a young boy called Tadzio, in a way that conflicts with his own grandiose self-image. Fascination turns to lust and obsession, drawing the writer into a ruinous spiral of inward passion. Bit by bit, his self-image falls to pieces while Venice, and finally the writer himself, succumb to cholera. The city reeks with decay while the waters keep rising.

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Death in Venice is based on Thomas Mann’s semi-autobiographical novella with the same title. It was Benjamin Britten’s last opera. The music is strict and afflicting, decadent and destructive, thoughtfully recitative and tense with anticipation. 

Two soloists and the orchestra will bring the story to life, assisted by the Göteborg Opera Chorus and many supporting roles. Masterful British tenor Paul Nilon, takes on the enormously demanding leading role as von Aschenbach. We’re thrilled to see him take centre stage again, delighted by his past performance as Mozart’s Idomeneo in 2016. Åke Zetterström will portray von Aschenbach’s evil genius in seven distinctive character roles. The non-speaking role of Tadzio will be portrayed by a dancer.

Introductions

One hour prior to each opera performance on the Main Stage, we present an introduction to the evening’s performance. They last around 20 minutes and are held at the Göteborg Opera Small Stage. Admission is free. Limited places available

Please note: introductions are presented in Swedish, and there is no introduction on the premiere performance.

6 performances

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Upcoming shows

April 2020

Sat 4/4
18:00
Main Stage 
Premiere
Ticket release 30 Sept @ 10am
Thu 9/4
19:00
Main Stage 
Ticket release 30 Sept @ 10am
Sat 18/4
18:00
Main Stage 
Ticket release 30 Sept @ 10am
Wed 22/4
19:00
Main Stage 
Ticket release 30 Sept @ 10am

May 2020

Sun 3/5
16:00
Main Stage 
Ticket release 30 Sept @ 10am
Thu 7/5
19:00
Main Stage 
Last performance
Ticket release 30 Sept @ 10am

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