Oper Leipzig
Wagner’s Tannhäuser
Opera 
1-2 Mar 2019
Oper Leipzig
Wagner’s Tannhäuser
Opera 
1-2 Mar 2019

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Oper Leipzig
Wagner’s Tannhäuser
Opera 
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.
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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. The opera was 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. 


Approx 4 hrs incl two intervals
Performed in German, with English and Chinese surtitles
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

Young Shepherd
Bianca Tognocchi

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

*The Hong Kong cast may be different from the cast featured in this publicity.

Pre-Performance Talk 1

Date: 1 Mar 2019(Fri)
Time: 6:00-6:30pm
Venue: Podium Workshop, HK Cultural Centre 
Speaker: Christian Geltinger (Chief Dramaturg, Oper Leipzig)

Pre-Performance Talk 2

Date: 2 Mar 2019(Sat)
Time: 5:00-5:30pm
Venue: Podium Workshop, HK Cultural Centre 
Speaker: Christian Geltinger (Chief Dramaturg, Oper Leipzig)

In English

Free and open to all ticket holders, first-come, first-served basis

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Leipzig Music Trail (Leipziger Notenspur) Exhibition

Date: 28 Feb - 3 Mar 2019
Time: 12:00nn - 8:00pm
Venue: Foyer, HK Cultural Centre


Oper Leipzig - Opera Adventure Day
Date: 2 Mar 2019 (Sat)


"We PLAY" Theatre Workshop

Time: 12:00nn - 1:00pm | 3:00 - 4:00pm
Venue: Podium Workshop, HK Cultural Centre


Free Performance

Festival PLUS Children's Choir Foyer Performance
Time: 3:30 - 4:15pm
Leipzig Music Trail Chamber Concert
Time: 4:45 - 5:30pm
Venue: Foyer, HK Cultural Centre


Oper Leipzig's Tannhauser Backstage Tour

Time: 4:45 - 5:15pm
Venue: Backstage, Grand Theatre, HK Cultural Centre

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Children's Choir Workshop (5 Day): Sing Move and Have Fun

Date & Time:
24 Feb                2:30 - 5:00pm    Introduction
25 Feb - 1 Mar     4:30 - 6:00pm    Workshop
2 Mar                  1:30 - 3:00pm    Rehearsal
2 Mar                  3:30 - 4:15pm    Performance

Venue: HK Cultural Centre

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Oboe, Horn & Trombone Masterclass by Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Date: 3 Mar 2019
Time: 12:00nn - 6:00pm
Venue: HKAPA
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. The opera was 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. 


Approx 4 hrs incl two intervals
Performed in German, with English and Chinese surtitles
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

Young Shepherd
Bianca Tognocchi

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

*The Hong Kong cast may be different from the cast featured in this publicity.

PLUS
Pre-Performance Talk 1

Date: 1 Mar 2019(Fri)
Time: 6:00-6:30pm
Venue: Podium Workshop, HK Cultural Centre 
Speaker: Christian Geltinger (Chief Dramaturg, Oper Leipzig)

Pre-Performance Talk 2

Date: 2 Mar 2019(Sat)
Time: 5:00-5:30pm
Venue: Podium Workshop, HK Cultural Centre 
Speaker: Christian Geltinger (Chief Dramaturg, Oper Leipzig)

In English

Free and open to all ticket holders, first-come, first-served basis

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Leipzig Music Trail (Leipziger Notenspur) Exhibition

Date: 28 Feb - 3 Mar 2019
Time: 12:00nn - 8:00pm
Venue: Foyer, HK Cultural Centre


Oper Leipzig - Opera Adventure Day
Date: 2 Mar 2019 (Sat)


"We PLAY" Theatre Workshop

Time: 12:00nn - 1:00pm | 3:00 - 4:00pm
Venue: Podium Workshop, HK Cultural Centre


Free Performance

Festival PLUS Children's Choir Foyer Performance
Time: 3:30 - 4:15pm
Leipzig Music Trail Chamber Concert
Time: 4:45 - 5:30pm
Venue: Foyer, HK Cultural Centre


Oper Leipzig's Tannhauser Backstage Tour

Time: 4:45 - 5:15pm
Venue: Backstage, Grand Theatre, HK Cultural Centre

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Children's Choir Workshop (5 Day): Sing Move and Have Fun

Date & Time:
24 Feb                2:30 - 5:00pm    Introduction
25 Feb - 1 Mar     4:30 - 6:00pm    Workshop
2 Mar                  1:30 - 3:00pm    Rehearsal
2 Mar                  3:30 - 4:15pm    Performance

Venue: HK Cultural Centre

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Oboe, Horn & Trombone Masterclass by Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Date: 3 Mar 2019
Time: 12:00nn - 6:00pm
Venue: HKAPA