At the crossroads!
Producing operas in the 21st century

Symposium 26-28 june 2020
© Jan Windszus Photography
© Jan Windszus Photography
The second decade of the new millennium is drawing to a close. In the meantime, postmodern and director’s theater have come to seem like concepts from another era. Time for a reevaluation. What’s influencing production aesthetics today? What’s to follow the production and performance practices of the 1990s and 2000s? How have new media broadened the space where opera productions occur? How has the public’s reception of opera changed? And do these developments allow us to say something about our present zeitgeist?
In search of answers to these questions, international experts in the fields of philosophy, theater, music, film and literature will discuss the directorial works of Barrie Kosky, Kirill Serebrennikov, and Richard Jones, among others, and investigate the opera house as both an analog and digital meeting place for the exchange of various aesthetics. Doing so, they will identify present tendencies according to parameters such as »narration«, »working with material« and »mediality«.
Concept: Prof. Dr. Bettina Brandl-Risi and Prof. Dr. Clemens Risi (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg), Prof. Dr. David J. Levin (University of Chicago), Ulrich Lenz and Dr. Rainer Simon (Komische Oper Berlin)

The programme will be published on our website.

Komische Oper Festival
June 24 to July 4, 2O2O