Music Theater

Luzerner Theater Opera Ensemble and Chorus | Lucerne Symphony Orchestra | Clemens Heil et al.


Thu, 12.04. | 19.30

Luzerner Theater

Vergangenes Konzert

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Easter Festival

17.03.-25.03. 2018




    Music Theater

    Luzerner Theater Opera Ensemble and Chorus | Lucerne Symphony Orchestra | Clemens Heil et al.

    Luzerner Theater Opera Ensemble  
    21st Century Chorus  
    Lucerne Girls’ Choir  
    Lucerne Boys’ Choir  
    Chorus of the Luzerner Theater  
    Luzerner Theater Extra Chorus  

    (Mark Daver chorus master)

    Clemens Heil  conductor
    Natascha von Steiger  set design
    Lene Schwind  costumes
    Bert Zander  video
    Clemens Gorzella  lighting
    Sylvia Roth  dramaturgy
    Sebastian Geyer  Faust, Dr. Marianus
    Rebecca Krynski Cox  Gretchen, Worry, Una Poenitentium
    Vuyani Mlinde  Mephistopheles, Evil Spirit, Pater Profundus
    Magdalena Risberg  Elf, Angel, Blessed Boy, Worry
    Sarah Alexandra Hudarew  Angel, Guilt, Mater Gloriosa
    Robert Maszl  Ariel, Angel, Spirit, Pater Ecstaticus
    Gianna Lunardi  Elf, Lack, Blessed Boy
    Bernt Ola Volungholen  Spirit, Angel, Pater Seraphicus
    Jeanett Neumeister  Need
    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    Scenes from Faust
    An installation oratorio halfway between stage and church

    A coproduction of the Luzerner Theater

    “From heaven through the world to hell.” Or from the Luzerner Theater through the Marktplatz to the Jesuitenkirche and back. The audience moves about among these locations, accompanying Faust on his journey from his study to heavenly apotheosis − and roaming along the Faustian path that encompasses the quest for knowledge, ecstasy, and redemption. Written over a period of almost ten years, Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s “Faust” combines elements from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust Parts I and II. In keeping with the Faustian search for meaning, the events are associative and laid out in a fragmentary style, concentrating on the title hero’s gradual decline. Schumann’s musical-theatrical approach to Goethe’s epochal drama is at the same time also his legacy: shortly after completing the score, the composer was admitted to a psychiatric hospital.

    Lucerne Symphony Orchestra

    Founded in 1805, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest orchestras in Switzerland. In addition to various concert series it performs at the Culture and Convention Center Lucerne (KKL), it appears in all opera productions at the Luzerner Theater and presents the Zaubersee Festival of Russian chamber music. Its repertoire embraces not only the Classical-Romantic tradition but also rarities and contemporary works. Examples of the latter commitment include commissions that have been given to Wolfgang Rihm, Sofia Gubaidulina, Rodion Shchedrin, and Thomas Adès. The past decade was defined by James Gaffigan’s stewardship as Principal Conductor; his tenure lasted from 2011 until the summer of 2021. As of tonight, Michael Sanderling takes over this post. Significant influences on the ensemble have come from guest conductors Constantinos Carydis, Thomas Dausgaard, Lawrence Foster, Marek Janowski, Juanjo Mena, Andris Nelsons, Vasily Petrenko, John Storgårds, and the former Chief Conductor, Jonathan Nott, whose tenure was from 1997 to 2002. Such renowned soloists as Martha Argerich, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Hélène Grimaud, Hilary Hahn, Daniil Trifonov, and Krystian Zimerman appear in the subscription series. The orchestra regularly goes on tour, including, to date, to some 30 countries and 90 cities. Numerous recordings, some of them award-winning, document its work. The orchestra maintains its own training academy, promotes young talent through the Rising Stars series, and offers a comprehensive music education program that received the Young Ears Prize in 2018.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1993, with Vladimir Kiradjiev conducting works by Schnittke.

    July 2021

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    Clemens Heil

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    Benedikt von Peter

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    Rebecca Krynski Cox

    Die amerikanische Sopranistin Rebecca Krynski Cox studierte klassischen Gesang an der University of South Carolina sowie an der Manhattan School of Music in New York, wo sie bereits wichtige Bühnenerfahrungen machen konnten: als Massenets Thaïs, als Rosina in Coriglianos The Ghosts of Versailles oder als Foirdiligi in Così fan tutte. Sie wurde mehrfach ausgezeichet, u. a. mit dem Ersten Preis der Eisenberg-Fried Competition (2013). Seit der Spielzeit 2017/18 ist Rebecca Krynski Cox festes Ensemblemitglied am Luzerner Theater, wo sie als Alice Ford in Falstaff, als Erste Dame in der Zauberflöte und als Gretchen in Schumanns Faust-Szenen zu erleben war. Weitere Engagements führten sie u. a. an die Santa Fe Opera (Gräfin in Capriccio und Sara in der Uraufführung von Jennifer Higdons Cold Mountain), an die Kentucky Opera (Violetta in La traviata), an die New York City Opera (Amaltea in Rossinis Mosé in Egitto) und an die Des Moines Metro Opera (Micaëla in Brooks/Bizets La Tragédie de Carmen). An der New Yorker Metropolitan Opera trat sie in einem Workshop in Nico Muhlys Two Boys auf.

    Juli 2018

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    Vuyani Mlinde

    Bass-baritone Vuyani Mlinde began studying voice in his native South Africa before winning a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London and at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School. From 2007 to 2009 he was a member of the Young Artist Programme of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; in 2010 he joined the ensemble of Frankfurt Opera, where Mlinde has so far appeared in productions of Mozart’s Figaro and The Magic Flute, Verdi’s Don Carlo, Puccini’s Tosca, and Ildebrando Pizzetti’s Murder in the Cathedral. As a concert performer, Mlinde also has such high-profile credits as performances of Haydn’s The Creation under John Eliot Gardiner at Carnegie Hall in New York and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, as well as at the Pisa Festival; he has also performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra, likewise conducted by Gardiner, in London, Paris, and Madrid.

    August 2011

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