Pessimism of the mind, optimism of the will

Intolleranza 1960

Luigi Nono
Stage Presentation in two Parts [1960/61]
Based on an Idea by Angelo Maria Ripellino
German translation by Alfred Andersch
Great political Music Theatre! Composer Luigi Nono’s belief in the power of art was great, and worth examining — especially in our times. An encouragement to raise our voices against that which we do not want to put up with.

A migrant worker flees the calamities of a miners’ settlement, leaving his uncomprehending wife behind. Trying to find his way home, he gets caught up in political unrest, is interrogated without reason, tortured and locked up in a concentration camp. He experiences brutality and senselessness, but also solidarity. He is able to escape, wants to fight against injustice, and finds support in the love of a companion. Finally, he is stranded in a village that is swept away by a flood. The last words of the chorus come from Bertolt Brecht's poem To Those Who Follow in Our Wake: “...But you, when at last the time comes/ That man can aid his fellow man,/ Should think upon us/ with leniency.”

Musically, Nono employs a freely handled seriality that retains tremendous color and emotive permeability in its high level of complexity. Framed by two large contemplative choruses, the composer vehemently points out the ills of a dysfunctional society. The final flood seems today, even more than at the time of its composition, a frighteningly plausible consequence of human inadequacy.

Director Marco Štorman displays the plot beyond illustrative images: The real battles rage within. Márton Ágh's stage design, which takes up the entire stage house, draws the audience into the middle of the action and makes tangible what may come when the flood has gone: silence.

Don't miss itStage designer Márton Ágh leaves no stone unturned, transforming the opera house into a desert of ice. You won't recognize the stage and auditorium!
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Selected Performance: 2624
2624
Intolleranza 1960
Tue, 27. Sep 2022
19:00
Komische Oper Berlin
Crew
Inzenierung
Marco Štorman
Musikalische Leitung
Bühnenbild
Márton Ágh
Kostüme
Sara Schwartz
Dramaturgie
Licht
Olaf Freese
Cast
Ein Flüchtling
Seine Gefährtin
Gloria Rehm
Eine Frau
Deniz Uzun
Ein Algerier
Ein Gefolterter
Sopran-Solo
Sprecherin
Ilse Ritter
Chorsolisten der Komischen Oper Berlin und Vocalconsort Berlin u. a., Es spielt das Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin.

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