Song recital Angelika Kirchschlager

Program and cast

Mezzo-soprano: Angelika Kirchschlager
Piano: Julius Drake


A selection of songs by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms

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April 2019

Zurich Opera House

But appearances can be deceptive, as the plot of Franz Schreker’s rarely performed opera Die Gezeichneten demonstrates. In this piece, with which we open the 2018/19 season, the deformed Genoese nobleman Alviano Salvago has created a splendid island of artistic beauty. However, secret orgies of erotic excess are celebrated there, and a clique of violent men deflower the innocent daughters of bourgeois families in the catacombs. This supposed Elysium is unmasked as a place of depravity and perversion. Schreker’s large-scale work reveals an aspiration that is always inherent in the operatic art form – beyond the splendid achievements of singers, visually appealing stage sets and moving music. It plumbs the depths of human existence and illuminates the darkest corners in the soul of the individual, as well as the state of mind of entire societies – undeterred by morality or any current debate about political correctness.

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