Ticket release 30 Sept @ 10am
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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.
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. As with Mann’s novella, David Radok and Lars-Åke Thessman’s interpretation will be set in Europe prior to the outbreak of WWI. The director explains that this was a time when people relied on their past merits with an unwavering conception of the world and standards of morality.
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.
The conductor is Steuart Bedford, who also conducted the first performance in 1973.
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.