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Mieczyslaw Weinberg: New Production of “The Idiot” in Oldenburg

Mieczysław Weinberg’s operas like “The Passager” or “The Portrait” are increasingly attracting the interest of a wide public and are being taken up in many opera houses around the world. His last opera “The Idiot”, completed in 1987, was given its world premiere in the original Russian version conducted by Thomas Sanderling and directed by Regula Gerber at the Mannheim National Theatre on 9 May 2013.

Andrea Schwalbach has now created a new production for the Oldenburg State Theatre that will be given its premiere on 24 January 2015 in the Great House of the Theatre. Vito Cristofaro will serve as music director.

The opera is based on the novel of the same name by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It tells of the story of suffering of Prince Myshkin, psychically very unstable and hopelessly in love in the beautiful Nastassia; he is entirely at the mercy of her delaying promises.

The Oldenburg State Theatre has written the following:
“With his opera ‘The Idiot’, Weinberg created a fascinating music drama in a glowing musical language rooted in late romanticism and neoclassicism; incorporating elements of Russian folklore, it breathes life into Dostoevsky's characters.”

Further performances at the Oldenburg State Theatre:
30.01. (7:30 PM) / 19.02. (7:30 PM) / 08.03. (6 PM) / 02.05. (7:30 PM) / 05.05. (7:30 PM) / 17.07. (7:30 Uhr)

24 January 2015
State Theatre, Great House, 7:30 PM
Premiere: Mieczysław Weinberg
“The Idiot”. Opera in 4 acts after the novel of the same name by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
(in Russian language and German supertitles)
Andrea Schwalbach (stage direction)
Anne Neuser (stage design and costumes)
Thomas Bönisch (choir direction)
Vito Cristofaro (musical direction)


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