From 10. December 2023

Moses und Aron

Arnold Schönberg (1874 – 1951)

Opera in three acts (fragment)

–in German with surtitles in German and English–


Conductor: Dirk Kaftan | Director: Lorenzo Fioroni


A production as part of Fokus ’33.
Program booklets for selected productions of the FOKUS '33 series are available at our theater box offices.

approx. 1 hour 45 minutes no intermission
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MOSES AND AARON – the plot of Arnold Schoenberg’s incomplete opera – of its three acts only the first two were set to music – follows approximately the story in the bible: from a burning bush Moses is ordered by God to announce God’s existence to the people of Israel. With the argument that he lacks the eloquence, Moses declines to carry out the task. God then decides that Aaron, Moses’ brother, should make the pronouncement. But the people of Israel don’t believe his words, they require miracles – which Aaron performs for them.  While Moses, waiting to receive the stone tablets with the Ten Commandments, is detained on Mount Sinai, the people of Israel rebel and demand that Aaron forge a golden calf.  Upon his return Moses finds the people celebrating wild orgies – he destroys the golden calf and breaks the stone tablets, but when in the form of a pillar of cloud a new miracle occurs, Moses cries out in desperation »O Word, thou Word that I lack!«. In the unfinished third act Moses regains his authority and orders the release of the enchained Aaron. When the latter upon being liberated drops dead, Schoenberg’s fragmented work for the stage ends with Moses addressing the people of Israel.

Arnold Schoenberg worked on MOSES AND AARON from 1930 to 1932. Why Schoenberg after emigrating to the USA left his opera unfinished raises questions. There is the possibility that in America he was no longer sufficiently inspired to go on composing, but it may also be that he later retained his piece to be theatrically unrealizable. Since shortly before he passed away, he explicitly authorized a performance of the opera, MOSES AND AARON was first performed – in concertante form – on March 12, 1954 in Hamburg with the North German Radio Orchestra. It was first staged in a theater on June 6, 1957 in Zurich with Hans Rosbaud conducting.

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Ein junges Mädchen / Erste nackte Jungfrau  Tina Josephine Jäger
Eine Kranke  Ingrid Bartz
Ein junger Mann / Der nackte Jüngling / Jüngling  Tae Hwan Yun
Ein anderer Mann / Ephraimit  Mark Morouse
Ein Priester  Martin Tzonev
Zweite nackte Jungfrau  Ava Gesell
Dritte nackte Jungfrau  Alicia Grünwald
Vierte nackte Jungfrau  Susanne Blattert
1. Solostimme  Johanna Risse
2. Solostimme  Katarzyna Włodarczyk
3. Solostimme  Rena Kleifeld
4. Solostimme  Samuel Levine
5. Solostimme  Soowon Han
6. Solostimme  Christopher Jähnig
Chorsoli  Sven Bakin (Termine)
Ulrike Gmeiner (Termine)
Jongmyung Lim (Termine)
Miljan Milovic (Termine)
In Hyeok Park (Termine)
Justo Rodriguez (Termine)
Claudia Rodriguez (Termine)
Katrin Stösel (Termine)
Gastchor  Vocalconsort Berlin
Statisterie  Statisterie des Theater Bonn
Musikalische Leitung  Dirk Kaftan
Inszenierung  Lorenzo Fioroni
Bühne  Paul Zoller
Regiemitarbeit  Beate Vollack
Choreinstudierung  Marco Medved
Dramaturgie  Polina Sandler
Regieassistenz und Abendspielleitung  Yaroslavia Kalesidis
Musikalische Assistenz  Daniel Johannes Mayr
Musikalische Assistenz Chor  Joonhee Lee
Studienleitung  Igor Horvat
Korrepetition  Ana Craciun
Igor Horvat
Miho Mach
Bühnenbildassistenz  Ansgar Baradoy
Kostümassistenz  Nury Stefanie Willig
Angela Roudaut
Inspizienz  Kerstin Mertl
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