Tragedy of a Friendship

  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Lodewijk Joye


Tragedy of a Friendship

Jan Fabre, Moritz Eggert & Stefan Hertmans

From 15/05/2013 in Antwerp - from 23/05/2013 in Ghent

  • Jan Fabre
  • Moritz Eggert
  • Stefan Hertmans
  • Luc Joosten
  • Lies Vandewege
  • Hans Peter Janssens
  • Concept, regie & scenografie: Jan Fabre
  • Compositie: Moritz Eggert
  • Tekst: Stefan Hertmans
  • Dramaturgie: Miet Martens / Luc Joosten
  • Zangers: Lies Vandewege / Hans Peter Janssens
  • Performers: Silke Muys / Anne Pajunen / Solène Weinachter / Gustav Koenigs / Nikolaus Barton / Annabelle Chambon / Cédric Charron / Ivana Jozic / Kurt Vandendriessche / Fabienne Vegt

Wagner versus Nietzsche: a fatal friendship

In 2013, it will be 200 years since Richard Wagner was born: an ideal time to turn the spotlight on this legendary composer. The Flanders Opera invited Jan Fabre to make a musical theatre creation on the subject of Wagner, who is one of his favourite artistic figures. He was inspired by Wagner's 13 operas and the fascinating but tragic association between Wagner and Nietzsche, which ended in a feud. In collaboration with the writer and Nietzsche expert Stefan Hertmans and the German composer Moritz Eggert, the result is an exciting new work of theatre.

Coproductio,: Troubleyn/Jan Fabre, Concertgebouw Brugge, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Opéra de Lille, Wagner Genèva Festival & Holland Festival.

Read the full synopsis as pdf


Language: English. Surtitles: Dutch.

Tickets from € 11.00 to € 53.00


Jan Fabre needs little introduction as he is an established name both at home and abroad. In Tragedy of a Friendship he combines theatre and dance. Composer Moritz Eggert is as versatile as Fabre. He has composed music for ballets and operas, but also for the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Germany. Finally, there is Stefan Hertmans, the highly acclaimed Flemish poet who regularly writes essays of cultural criticism.



OPERA XXI - Tragedy of a Friendship - Warm-Up
Interview met Stefan Hertmans - over de relatie Nietzsche - Wagner
Interview met Moritz Eggert - over het muzikale aspect
Interview met Moritz Eggert & Stefan Hertmans - over samenwerken met Jan Fabre


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