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Moving towards a new form of opera
The Berlin composer Aribert Reimann pens a new opera at the age of 81: L’INVISIBLE Modern works of opera occupy a prominent place on the programme of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In recent years the venue on Bismarckstraße has hosted works by the likes of Helmut Lachenmann, Iannis Xenakis, Georg Friedrich Haas and Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini. Now opera fans are gearing up for the premiere of the latest work by a composer with a unique connection to Berlin’s largest opera house. At the tender age of 19 Aribert Reimann was already working as répétiteur at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Now, aged 81, he returns to his roots, to the venue that commissioned four of his staged works. It is evening and the family has gathered. For weeks the mother has been in bed with a high fever, recuperating from a difficult delivery. As night begins to fall we get the impression that someone is approaching the house, yet there is no one to be seen – until the nurse bursts in and announces the death of the mother… Reimann’s latest opera is entitled L’INVISIBLE. It is his ninth to date and its performance history begins here at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Based on three plays by Maurice Maeterlinck, “Intruder”, “Interior” and “The Death of Tintagiles”, this trilogie lyrique presents variations on the ineluctability of death and our helplessness in the face of it. The spaces conjured up are at once bourgeois salon and fairy-tale castle, dream and nightmare alike. With their everyday chit-chat, characters endeavour to distract themselves from their unutterable fears and grief, from the horror and helplessness – the real and vicariously experienced theme running through the works of Maeterlinck. We are giving away 2 pairs of tickets to the performance on 22nd October 2017. The lucky winners will also receive signed programmes, adding a finishing touch to a memorable evening of opera at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. If you would like your name to be entered in the draw, please send an email with the words “Aribert Reimann” in the subject field to kontakt@classiccard.de, to arrive no later than 19th October. Winners will be notified by email. Good luck! As always, to be eligible for the prize draw you must be the holder of a valid ClassicCard. Aribert Reimann L‘INVISIBLE 8th [world premiere], 18th, 22nd, 25th, 31st October 2017, Tickets and information: 030-343 84 343, www.deutscheoperberlin.de Duration: 90 minutes [no interval] Free introduction: 45 minutes prior to start of performance. Location: dress circle foyer (right) Musical Director: Donald Runnicles; Director: Vasily Barkhatov