Die sieben Todsünden/Erwartung
wo different faces of modern European opera, and two different music and
theatre universes will be presented at the State Opera within a single evening.
The double bill will be made up of one-acters by Kurt Weill and Arnold
Schönberg, renowned 20th-century music innovators.
The former’s Die sieben Todsünden and the latter’s Erwartung share
subject matter that may be defined as “the woman (and the world)”, which,
however, these two works treat in a totally different manner. In his satirical
miniature Weill shows “the woman in the world”, raising the question: what
must a woman do so that her narrow-minded family consider her “virtuous”,
that is, economically successful. In Schönberg’s monodrama Erwartung,
Weill’s female theme is turned inside out, providing a view of “the world
within the woman”. The opera takes the form of a monologue for the single
character simply called Woman, expressing a plethora of contradictory emotions
resulting from the loss of her lover.
The entirely female subject of the two operas will be treated on stage by the
Czech director Barbora Horáková Joly, who has primarily worked in Western
Europe, where she has garnered several coveted accolades. The music will be
explored by Jiří Rožeň, one of the most gifted young Czech conductors.
Approximate running time – 2 hours 30 minutes, no intermission
Premiere – November 26, 2021
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