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“Gullivers Reise” by Gerald Resch Given Premiere at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein

In 2016 the Austrian composer Gerald Resch completed his family opera “Gullivers Reise” (Gulliver’s Travel), freely adapted from Jonathan Swift’s world classic. He was supported in this undertaking by the well-known dramatist John von Düffel, who wrote the libretto.

The world premiere of this cooperation between the Junge Oper Rhein/Ruhr with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf/Duisburg and the Bonn Theatre took place on 21 May 2017 at the Dortmund Opera House.

Now, on 3 October 2017, the anxiously awaited premiere at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf/Duisburg will take place at the Duisburg Theatre. The Spanish director Marcelo Diaz will be working at the Deutsch Oper am Rhein for the first time, creating the imaginative staging by Tatiana Ivchina of the grand opera about Gulliver and his little friends. The Choir of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (direction: Christoph Kurig) and the Duisburg Philharmonic will be directed by Lukas Beikircher.

The plot:
After his ship has capsized in a storm, the young Gulliver is washed ashore on the beach of a strange island. The people are tiny here on Lilliput – or looked at the other way around, Gulliver is unimaginably large to these people. It is therefore no wonder that they fear this foreign giant and would like to hunt him down like a stranded whale. But the clever girl Vaniliput considers the intruder to be harmless and convinces her fellow citizens that they should first become acquainted with him. The good-natured Gulliver needs a very great deal of food by Lilliputian standards, but makes himself useful in return by driving away an enemy fleet from Lilliput’s coast. Through his peacefulness, however, he makes an enemy of the powerful Admiral Skyresch, who is only waiting for an opportunity to harm Gulliver. When Gulliver saves the burning royal palace by emptying the contents of his bladder onto it, the tolerance of both sides is put to a foul-smelling test.

Further performances of “Gullivers Reise” at the Duisburg Theatre will be given on 25.11. (6 PM) and on 28.11.2017 (11 AM) as well in 2018 on 12.06., 04.07. and 11.07. (each at 11 AM).

3 October 2017
Duisburg
Theatre, Großes Haus, 6 PM
Premiere: Gerald Resch
“Gullivers Reise”. Family opera for children from eight years
freely adapted from Jonathan Swift’s novella “Gullivers Reisen”
Marcelo Diaz (stage direction)
Ibrahim Yesilay (Gulliver)
Choir of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein
Duisburger Philharmoniker
Christoph Kurig (Choir direction)
Lukas Beikircher (musical direction)

Copyright of the photo: Theater Duisburg

 

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