Moritz Eggert Hunts For A Murderer

Featuring a world-class cast, Fritz Lang’s famed crime thriller „M – A City Searches For A Murderer“ was to write cinematic history. Released in 1931, „M – A City Searches For A Murderer“ was based on a script by Lang’s wife, Thea von Harbou, who had previously written the script for Lang’s magnum opus, “Die Nibelungen”. “M” featured a cast of actors well-known at the time, such as Peter Lorre as Hans Beckert, Gustaf Gründgens as The Safecracker and Theo Lingen as Bauernfänger.
Its story inspired composer Moritz Eggert, who originally comes from Heidelberg, to write a new opera with the same title. The world premiere is to take place at Berlin’s Komische Oper on 5 May 2019, conducted by Ainars Rubikis.
The story of „M – A City Searches For A Murderer“ centres on a serial murderer whose homicidal compulsions terrorise Berlin. While the police investigation flounders, the city’s inhabitants begin to suspect one another. The case is solved with help from shady figures in Berlin’s underworld who have no qualms about using more ruthless methods. When the murderer is finally found because of the unique way he whistles, criminals abduct the man, identified as Hans Beckert, taking him to a disused distillery and subjecting himto a “trial” employing a darker brand of justice ...

Komische Oper Berlin       
World Premiere: Moritz Eggert           
„M – A City Searches For A Murderer“.
Ensemble and orchestra Komische Oper, Conductor: Ainars Rubikis

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