From 1. January 2023

Ein Feldlager in Schlesien (konzertant)

Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791 –1864) 

Light Opera in three Acts
Lyrics by Ludwig Rellstab
Based on a Sketch by Eugène Scribe

A production as part of Fokus ’33

210 Minuten Eine Pause
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Theater Bonn will be the venue of what is presumably the first revival of Giacomo Meyerbeer’s German-language light opera EIN FELDLAGER IN SCHLESIEN for nearly one hundred and fifty years. Composed for the occasion of the re-opening of the Royal Opera House in Berlin following the great fire of 1843, the piece features scenes from the life of Frederick II – who actually never appears – and in it, General Music Director Meyerbeer celebrated not only the House of Hohenzollern but also opera itself. This work and the heroic tableaux vivants that concluded its first ever performance express more of an element of national pride than any German-language piece of music theatre ever before. A version revised for Vienna under the title of VIELKA continued on the programmes of opera houses for some time and Meyerbeer included some scenes from FELDLAGER in his opera L’ÉTOILE DU NORD, premiered in Paris in 1854. But as a whole, the original version seemed to have been lost to musical theatre. The experienced Meyerbeer expert Volker Tosta has prepared a new edition of EIN FELDLAGER IN SCHLESIEN on behalf of the Berlin Ricordi Bühnen- und Musikverlag, which publishes the scientifically critical complete edition of Meyerbeer's operas. Thanks to the initiative of the Bonn Opera, the work is being presented to an audience for the first time since its premiere. In regard to the once so incomparably successful work of Giacomo Meyerbeer in general but also to the case of FELDLAGER in particular, we must once again ask why the disappearance of this piece was accepted so unquestioningly even after the end of the Nazis’ racial mania in 1945.

For today’s director Jakob Peters-Messer, who already premiered the original version of L’AFRICAINE, the piece poses a very special challenge because its reception is always aware of the disappearance of Meyerbeer’s music, based on slander and racial mania.

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Cast

Saldorf, Hauptmann a. D.  Tobias Schabel
Vielka, seine Pflegetochter  Elena Gorshunova
Therese, seine Nichte  Barbara Senator
Conrad, sein Pflegesohn  Jussi Myllys
Tronk, Anführer einer Truppe ungarischer Reiter  Martin Tzonev
Zietenscher Husar + Husar  Tae-Hwan Yun
Steffen, ein alter Landmann + Ein Soldat  Johannes Mertes
Artillerist  Miljan Milovic
Grenadier-Unteroffizier  Michael Krinner
Ein Soldat (S. 219 ff)  Enrico Döring
Ein ungarischer Reiter  Johannes Mertes
Chronist  Michael Ihnow
Hinweise zur Besetzung

Michael Krinner wird gefördert von den Opernfreunden Bonn

Chor  Chor des Theater Bonn
Extrachor  Extrachor des Theater Bonn
Orchester  Beethoven Orchester Bonn
Musikalische Leitung  Dirk Kaftan
Inszenierung  Jakob Peters-Messer
Kostüme  Sven Bindseil
Licht  Max Karbe
Choreinstudierung  Marco Medved
Regieassistenz und Abendspielleitung  Maximilian Reisinger
Regiehospitanz  Jonathan Linde
Musikalische Assistenz  Hermes Helfricht
Studienleitung  Pauli Jämsä
Korrepetition  Igor Horvat
Pauli Jämsä
Elia Tagliavia
Bühnenbildassistenz  Ansgar Baradoy
Kostümassistenz  Louise Buffetrille
Inspizienz  Barbara Schröder
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