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Thomas Mann’s world-famous novella provides the template for Benjamin Britten’s final and most personal opera, DEATH IN VENICE. A successful, ageing writer, Gustav von Aschenbach, travels to Venice in an attempt to break his writer’s block. On the beach he observes a boy, Tadzio, who triggers in him futile yet all-consuming feelings of passion, which in turn plunge him into crisis and leads to his undoing. The opera is an extraordinary work not just for its autobiographical parallels between Britten and the Gustav von Aschenbach character but also for the circumstances in which it came to be written, which are inextricably linked to the themes of the story: Britten was trying to stave off his own approaching death by pressing ahead with the composition. Arguing that his first priority was to complete the opera, he deliberately and repeatedly postponed a potentially life-saving heart operation. After Verdi‘s OTELLO [1991], Wagner‘s TRISTAN AND ISOLDE [2011] and his collaboration on MORNING AND EVENING [2016], Graham Vick returns for his fourth production at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Donald Runnicles continues his presentation of Britten works with DEATH IN VENICE, bringing the opera back to the Bismarckstraße after an absence of over 40 years. We are giving away 2 pairs of tickets to the premiere on 19th March 2017. To help the winners savour this evening at the Deutsche Oper Berlin to the full, each pair of tickets comes with a programme and two vouchers for a glass of champagne. If you would like your name to be entered in the draw, please send an email with the words “DEATH IN VENICE” in the subject field to, to arrive no later than 14th March 2017. Winners will be notified by email. Good luck! To be eligible for the prize draw you must be the holder of a valid ClassicCard. Premiere: 19th March 2017 Further performances: 22nd and 25th March; 23rd and 28th April 2017 Photo: DEATH IN VENICE © Marcus Lieberenz