Opera in two parts [2010]
Aribert Reimann

Medea

German
2h 30m, incl. intermission
First performed with overwhelming success in 2010, Aribert Reimann's opera is coming to Berlin for the first time – with Nicole Chevalier in the title role of the tragic outsider who becomes a merciless avenger. Based on an ancient myth and yet utterly topical, this work is produced by the Australian Benedict Andrews, who already provided audiences with powerfully disturbing images in Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel. Contemporary musical theatre at its best!

Medea, the daughter of the King of Colchis and possessed of magical powers, betrays her own flesh and blood and leaves her home out of her love for Jason. Yet she remains a stranger to Jason, and in Corinth he too betrays the woman shunned by all. Medea concocts a horrific plan ...
Whether it's Shakespeare's Lear, Strindberg's Ghost Sonata or Franz Kafka's The Castle – the Berlin-based composer Aribert Reimann's pieces are always populated by the truly great subjects and figures. For this archaic tale of betrayal, love, faithfulness and the ice-cold nature of power, Reimann references the rarely performed play by Austria's national playwright, Franz Grillparzer, portraying Medea as a persecuted stranger, defenceless amidst a hostile society, at the mercy of the whims of powerful men and politicians.
Benedict Andrews already proved his theatrical imaginativeness and feel for tortured characters in 2014 with his interpretation of Sergei Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel. With Medea, he breathes life into a breathtakingly topical story about despair and tragic resistance, and through the title character poses this question: what choices remain to those from whom everything has been taken?
Text by the composer, based on the drama of the same name by Franz Grillparzer

Crew

Conductor
Steven Sloane
Director
Stage design
Johannes Schütz
Costume design
Dramaturgy
Lighting

What's on?

Thu 03.09.
LAB_WORKS COVID_19
Fri 04.09.
LAB_WORKS COVID_19
Sat 05.09.
LAB_WORKS COVID_19
Thu 10.09.
SUPER NIGHT SHOT
Fri 11.09.
SUPER NIGHT SHOT
Sun 13.09.
The Little I-Am-Me
Tue 15.09.
Exklusiver Kostümverkauf
Thu03.09.19:30LAB_WORKS COVID_19
Fri04.09.19:30LAB_WORKS COVID_19
Sat05.09.19:30LAB_WORKS COVID_19
Thu10.09.21:00SUPER NIGHT SHOT
Fri11.09.22:00SUPER NIGHT SHOT
Sun13.09.11:00The Little I-Am-Me
Tue15.09.10:00Exklusiver Kostümverkauf
Wed16.09.10:00Exklusiver Kostümverkauf
Thu17.09.10:00Costume Sale
Fri18.09.10:00Costume Sale
Mon21.09.10:00Costume Sale
Tue22.09.10:00Costume Sale
Wed30.09.19:30Pierrot Lunaire
Fri02.10.20:00GOR I – Russia