The Golden Dragon at Semperoper, Dresden
Semperoper, Dresden - Semper Zwei
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Experience the full spectrum of human emotion, set amid the microcosm of a Thai-Chinese-Vietnamese restaurant, to be found in any Western town or city. Peter Eötvös sets Roland Schimmelpfennig's play of the same name to music, without compromising the work's combination of absurdist comedy and searching social commentary.
Petr Popelka conducts the opera's Dresden premiere, in a new production by Barbora Horáková Joly at the Semperoper's studio space 'Semper Zwei'. A multi-talented cast play multiple roles, switching genders, races, ages at the flick of a switch - perhaps a reminder that 'everyman' is within each of us.
As the restaurant fills with happy customers and regular visitors, in the kitchen, things aren't quite so cheerful. One young man, lacking the residence permit that would allow him to visit the dentist for his aching tooth, resorts to cruder dentistry. The owner's daughter meanwhile encounters the rough treatment that a dangerous cocktail of drunkenness, prejudice and entitlement can engender.
Performed in German.
Free introductory talk 25 minutes before the scheduled performance in the upper foyer of Semper Zwei.
- Eötvös, Peter The Golden Dragon
Cast / Production
Conductor Petr Popelka
Staging Barbora Horáková Joly
Set and Costume Design Annemarie Bulla
Lighting Design Marco Dietzel
Dramaturgy Bianca Heitzer, Kai Weßler
The young woman (the little one) Mariya Taniguchi
The woman over sixty (old cook, granddaughter, the ant, Hans, Chinese mother) Christina Bock
The young man (young Asian, waitress, grandfather, the cricket, Chinese aunt) Beomjin Kim
The man over sixty (old Asian, Eva, the brunette stewardess, the friend of the granddaughter, Chinese father) Jürgen Müller
The man (an Asian, Inga, the blond stewardess, Chinese uncle) ) Dogukan Kuran
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
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