Tina Herzl © Klangforum Wien
Tina Herzl © Klangforum Wien
Klangforum Wien | Cantando Admont | Beat Furrer | Sarah Aristidou | Christoph Brunner



Beat Furrer (*1954)
Begehren (“Desire”). Music theater work based on texts by Cesare Pavese, Günter Eich, Ovid, and Vergil
This concert has no intermission.
The concert is expected to end at 17:15

With the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and the Fondation SUISA


The Orpheus myth inspired opera history when it began 425 years ago, and it has also served composer-in-residence Beat Furrer as the starting point for an innovative piece of music theater. Begehren (“Desire”) does not merely tell a story but condenses the ancient material into ten haunting soundscapes using a collage of texts by Ovid, Vergil, Cesare Pavese, Günter Eich, and Hermann Broch. Starting from the tragic moment when Orpheus looks back at his beloved Eurydice and loses her forever, Furrer explores the drama of the relationship between two archetypal figures (“HE” and “SHE”). Begehren is about closeness and distance, desire and the impossibility of encounter, searching and remembering. And it is about the transitions between singing, speaking, and instrumental sounds. Premiered twenty years ago at the opening celebrations of Graz as European Capital of Culture for the year, Begehren has since been performed widely and now at last arrives in Switzerland with the formidable Klangforum Wien and the composer conducting.

Event Venue

Luzerner Theater

Luzerner Theater
Theaterstrasse 2
6003 Luzern

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  • Gastronomy

    Die Theaterbar im Foyer bietet vor der Vorstellung und in der Pause eine feine Auswahl an Snacks und Getränken. In unmittelbarer Nähe zum Luzerner Theater gibt es ein grosses Angebot an Restaurants, Bars und Cafés. Luzern Tourismus hilft Ihnen gerne weiter: Übersicht Luzern Tourismus.