Die Soldaten - Bayerische Staatsoper (2014) - Die Soldaten - Bayerische Staatsoper (2014)

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New Production

"Yesterday, today and tomorrow" is how Bernd Alois Zimmermann defined the period of activity of his opera, first performed in Cologne in 1965, based on the drama by the 'Sturm und Drang' poet Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz. Even Lenz was way ahead of the theatrical aesthetics of his time and proposed, in his theoretical essays, the dissolution of the unity of time, place and action. Zimmermann created a multimedia musical theatre in which, through the juxtaposition and interplay of a huge orchestra, stage music, jazz combo, electronics, tape deck and loudspeakers and using the media of film projection and simultaneous stages, levels of action overlap and individual fates are reflected in a broader panorama of destruction, violation, suicide and murder.

The bourgeois girl Marie Wesener moves from admirer to admirer, all from the ranks of the officers and soldiers until she gains a reputation for flightiness and becomes fair game for male lust. She ends as a whore and beggar. Her decline culminates in horrific visions of a brutalisation of mankind that spans centuries, in the apocalyptic picture of an endless spiral of constantly repeated compulsions and acts of violence by mankind against others and itself.

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May 31, 2014 19:00:00

June 04, 2014 19:30:00

June 06, 2014 19:00:00

October 31, 2014 19:30:00

November 02, 2014 19:00:00

November 04, 2014 19:00:00


Christoph Stephinger

Barbara Hannigan

Okka Von der Damerau

Tareq Nazmi

Heike Grötzinger

Hanna Schwarz

Daniel Brenna

Kevin Conners

Christian Rieger

Tim Kuypers

Wolfgang Newerla

Nicola Beller Carbone

Alexander Kaimbacher

Karin Kreitner

Johannes Terne

Manuel Adt

Makoto Sakuraï

Work's characters list




Obrif, Graf von Spannheim

Mutter des Stolzius

Weseners alte Mutter

Desportes, ein Edelmann aus dem Hennegau

Pirzel, ein Hauptmann

Eisenhardt, ein Feldprediger

Haudy, Hauptleute

Mary, Hauptleute

Gräfin de La Roche

Der junge Graf

Madame Roux, Kaffeehausbesitzerin

Bedienter der Gräfin

Der betrunkene Offizier