Thomas Mann’s novella DER TOD IN VENEDIG (Death in Venice) from the year 1911 is doubtlessly one of the highlights of German literature. The fate of the ageing poet Gustav von Aschenbach, who meets and becomes enthralled by the beautiful boy Tadzio in a cholera-ridden Venice not only fascinated the Italian film-maker Luchino Visconti, whose use of the Adagietto from Gustav Mahler’s 5th Symphony created the first musical emblem for the material. With his final opera DEATH IN VENICE, Benjamin Britten created one of his most concentrated and dramaturgically innovative works. It interweaves all musical strands which the English composer had developed in his exploration of a wide range of influences from world music.
Takahiro Namiki, Palesa Malieloa und Yonsoo Kil sind Studierende im Rahmen der Kooperation mit der HfMT Köln.