About the Event
The Deutsche Oper Berlin presents Strauss's 'Intermezzo' in a production by Tobias Kratzer.
New opera material for a new time — this was not only sought by the avant‐gardists in the 1920s. Old master Richard Strauss went even further and not only brought a story from modern life onto the stage, but also, barely veiled, his own married life. The marital war between a successful music director and his wife, triggered by a harmless misunderstanding, is the dominant theme of the comedy INTERMEZZO, which premiered in 1924.
But unlike 'neutoners' such as Hindemith, Krenek and Schönberg, Strauss did not create a new musical language for his contemporary opera, but instead endowed his marital crisis story with an orchestral opulence that need not fear comparison with successful pieces such as DER ROSENKAVALIER and ARABELLA. And with the composer's wife Christine, he created another stage‐dominating female figure, in whose Straussian expansive vocal lines there is not only room for outbursts of temperament, but also space for the shadowy zones of unexpressed longings. service of a High Romantic expressivity.
In German, with German and English surtitles.
- Richard Strauss – Intermezzo — A bourgeois comedy with symphonic interludes in two acts
Cast / Production
Conductor — Sir Donald Runnicles, Dominic Limburg (14.06.2024)
Director — Tobias Kratzer
Set‐design, Costume‐design — Rainer Sellmaier
Light‐design — Stefan Woinke
Video — Jonas Dahl
Dramaturgy — Jörg Königsdorf
Court Conductor Robert Storch — Thomas Johannes Mayer
Christine, his wife — Maria Bengtsson, Flurina Stucki (07.06.2024 | 14.06.2024)
Franzl, her little son — N. N.
Anna, the Chambermaid — Lexi Hutton
Baron Lummer — Thomas Blondelle
Kapellmeister Stroh — N. N.
Notary — Markus Brück, Gerard Farreras (07.06.2024 | 14.06.2024)
Wife of the notary — Kirsi Tiihonen
Kommerzienrat — Joel Allison
Judicial Council — Michael Bachtadze
Kammersänger — Tobias Kehrer
Orchestra — Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Deutsche Oper Berlin is the biggest opera house in the German capital, and a member of the Berlin Opera Foundation established in the early 1900s. The original building was destroyed during the Second World War, but was eventually replaced, and the new theater opened in 1961 - six weeks after construction began on the Berlin Wall. Serving West Berlin, its sober, linear design avoids anything that might distract vistiors from the performance. The repertoire of the theater focuses on the great classics such as Mozart, Verdi and Strauss, but frequently presents contemporary opera as well. The Chorus of the Deutsche Oper has been named 'Chorus of the Year' many times for its outstanding performances.