Oper Leipzig
Wagner’s Tannhäuser
Opera | Germany
1-2 Mar 2019
Oper Leipzig
Wagner’s Tannhäuser
Opera | Germany
1-2 Mar 2019
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© Tom Schulze
© Tom Schulze
© Tom Schulze
© Tom Schulze
© Tom Schulze
© Tom Schulze
Oper Leipzig
Wagner’s Tannhäuser
Opera | Germany
1-2 Mar 2019

Oper Leipzig
Wagner’s Tannhäuser

Considered one of Wagner’s quintessential romantic operas, the composer depicts Tannhäuser’s struggle between flesh and spirit with sensuous and powerful music. Iconoclastic director Calixto Bieito, the “Quentin Tarantino of opera”, will defy your expectations by pitting the impulsive protagonist against a soulless modern society. A Hong Kong premiere of this masterpiece of German romanticism.
Considered one of Wagner’s quintessential romantic operas, the composer depicts Tannhäuser’s struggle between flesh and spirit with sensuous and powerful music. Iconoclastic director Calixto Bieito, the “Quentin Tarantino of opera”, will defy your expectations by pitting the impulsive protagonist against a soulless modern society. A Hong Kong premiere of this masterpiece of German romanticism.
Wagner’s quintessential romantic opera,
staged for the first time in Hong Kong


“Surprisingly intimate and vulnerable, all with thought-provoking themes” ★★★★ Bachtrack
“Intense, expressionistic” Opera News
“[Leipzig Opera Chorus] Delicate and powerful, passionate and poetic.” Leipziger Volkszeitung
“[Calixto Bieito] Brings human nature to the stage in its deepest abysses and darkest shades.” Der Bund

HKAF is proud to present Richard Wagner’s major opera Tannhäuser, fully-staged in Hong Kong for the first time and a crucial work in the composer’s development of his “music drama” ideal. Inspired by medieval legends and considered one of Wagner’s archetypal romantic operas, the composer depicts protagonist Tannhäuser’s struggle between Venus’s carnal passion and Elisabeth’s spiritual love. Iconoclastic director Calixto Bieito, the “Quentin Tarantino of opera” will defy your expectations with his Regietheater interpretation, with the impulsive social pariah Tannhäuser cast against a soulless modern-day society, framed on stage by the naturalism of a swaying forest and white, sterile columns.

Founded in the 17th century and hailing from Wagner’s hometown, Oper Leipzig boasts over 300 years of opera and choral tradition, with past music directors including the legendary Gustav Mahler. Under the baton of current General Music Director Ulf Schirmer, renowned Wagnerian singers, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Chor der Oper Leipzig come together to realise this sensuous masterpiece of German romanticism.

The 1 Mar performance is sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust as part of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series
Composer and Librettist
Richard Wagner

Conductor
Ulf Schirmer

Director
Calixto Bieito

Set Designer
Rebecca Ringst

Costume Designer
Ingo Krügler

Lighting Designer
Michael Bauer

Chorus Master
Thomas Eitler-de Lint


Tannhäuser
Stefan Vinke (1 Mar)
Daniel Frank (2 Mar)

Elisabeth
Elisabet Strid

Venus
Kathrin Göring

Wolfram von Eschenbach
Markus Eiche

Hermann
Sebastian Pilgrim

Walther von der Vogelweide
Patrick Vogel

Biterolf
Randall Jakobsh

Heinrich der Schreiber
Kyungho Kim

Reinmar von Zweter
Sejong Chang

A Young Shepherd
Danae Kontora

With Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Chor der Oper Leipzig
A co-production by Opera Vlaanderen and Teatro La Fenice di Venezia
(Dresden version)
Introduction
Wagner’s quintessential romantic opera,
staged for the first time in Hong Kong


“Surprisingly intimate and vulnerable, all with thought-provoking themes” ★★★★ Bachtrack
“Intense, expressionistic” Opera News
“[Leipzig Opera Chorus] Delicate and powerful, passionate and poetic.” Leipziger Volkszeitung
“[Calixto Bieito] Brings human nature to the stage in its deepest abysses and darkest shades.” Der Bund

HKAF is proud to present Richard Wagner’s major opera Tannhäuser, fully-staged in Hong Kong for the first time and a crucial work in the composer’s development of his “music drama” ideal. Inspired by medieval legends and considered one of Wagner’s archetypal romantic operas, the composer depicts protagonist Tannhäuser’s struggle between Venus’s carnal passion and Elisabeth’s spiritual love. Iconoclastic director Calixto Bieito, the “Quentin Tarantino of opera” will defy your expectations with his Regietheater interpretation, with the impulsive social pariah Tannhäuser cast against a soulless modern-day society, framed on stage by the naturalism of a swaying forest and white, sterile columns.

Founded in the 17th century and hailing from Wagner’s hometown, Oper Leipzig boasts over 300 years of opera and choral tradition, with past music directors including the legendary Gustav Mahler. Under the baton of current General Music Director Ulf Schirmer, renowned Wagnerian singers, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Chor der Oper Leipzig come together to realise this sensuous masterpiece of German romanticism.

The 1 Mar performance is sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust as part of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series
Cast & Creatives
Composer and Librettist
Richard Wagner

Conductor
Ulf Schirmer

Director
Calixto Bieito

Set Designer
Rebecca Ringst

Costume Designer
Ingo Krügler

Lighting Designer
Michael Bauer

Chorus Master
Thomas Eitler-de Lint


Tannhäuser
Stefan Vinke (1 Mar)
Daniel Frank (2 Mar)

Elisabeth
Elisabet Strid

Venus
Kathrin Göring

Wolfram von Eschenbach
Markus Eiche

Hermann
Sebastian Pilgrim

Walther von der Vogelweide
Patrick Vogel

Biterolf
Randall Jakobsh

Heinrich der Schreiber
Kyungho Kim

Reinmar von Zweter
Sejong Chang

A Young Shepherd
Danae Kontora

With Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Chor der Oper Leipzig
A co-production by Opera Vlaanderen and Teatro La Fenice di Venezia
(Dresden version)