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13/06/00 - 01/07/00

Madama Butterfly

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When, in 1900, Giacomo Puccini attended David Belasco’s play "Madame Butterfly" in London, he found it to be ideal material for an opera. Although the composer only had a smattering of English, the tragic fate of the Japanese geisha...
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Conductor: Silvio Varviso
Director: Robert Carsen

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12/05/00 - 19/05/00

Oedipus Rex

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Around 1920, Stravinsky, like Darius Milhaud and Arthur Honegger,became fascinated by a new interpretation of ancient narrative material.
Sophocles’ tragedy about human pride and disbelief was transformed intoa scenic ritual of monumental proportions. This is further...
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Conductor: Marc Albrecht
Director: Guy Joosten

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29/03/00 - 16/04/00

Der Fliegende Holländer

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Composer: Richard Wagner
Conductor: Massimo Zanetti
Director: Keith Warner

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14/12/99 - 22/01/00

Le Nozze di Figaro

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With  Le Nozze di Figaro , Mozart simultaneously capitalised on the great success of  opera buffa under Joseph II and plays to the expectations of the Viennese public. Following the success of Paisiello’s ...
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Massimo Zanetti
Director: Guy Joosten

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01/11/99 - 21/11/01

Platée

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Rameau’s "Platée" is one of few rare examples of comical French baroqueopera. The opera consists of lot's of grotesque situations andfantastic aniomal evocations and is known as a masterpiece in the genre.
Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor: Marc Minkowski
Director: Laurent Pelly

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30/10/99 - 11/11/99

Ernani

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After the big fresco's  "Nabucco" and "I Lombardi", written for theScala in Milano, Verdi dared to commit himself to a more intimite dramafor the Venetian Fenice-theatre where the tension between expectationsfrom the society and private feelings is a cventral...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Massimo Zanetti

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21/09/99 - 10/10/99

Jenufa

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It was not until "Jenufa" that Leoš Janácek made a name for himself asa composer for music theatre. Janácek’s third opera is set in a smallcommunity in the countryside, where strict social control is very mucha way of life....
Composer: Leoš Janácek
Conductor: Friedemann Layer
Director: Robert Carsen

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13/06/99 - 30/06/99

La Cenerentola

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Rossini's "La Cenerentola" may be regarded as one of the best examples of the opera buffa genre.
Here the age-old story of Cinderella emerges as a biting satire onconventional middle-class thinking. The fairy godmother is now...
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Conductor: Marc Minkowski
Director: Guy Joosten

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04/05/99 - 21/05/99

Pikovaja Dama

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After "Yevgeny Onegin", "Pikovaya Dama", also known as "The Queen of Spades", is Tchaikovsky's most famous and successful opera.
The composer was fascinated with Pushkin's short story of the samename, about the impoverished officer Herman, who...
Composer: Pjotr Iljitsj Tsjaikovski
Conductor: Ivan Törzs
Director: Guy Joosten

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20/03/99 - 02/04/99

Parsifal

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Using "Parzival" by Wolfram von Eschenbach as a guideline, RichardWagner became deeply interested in the rich tradition of Celtic legendsand tales. The central idea is that of 'knowledge through compassion'.
The hero, who also plays the...
Composer: Richard Wagner
Conductor: Stefan Soltesz
Director: Fred Berndt

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