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Wiener Staatsoper: Neuwirth's transgender opera "Orlando" acclaimed


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Vienna (dpa) - At the end of his term as Vienna State Opera Director Dominique Meyer has presented a world premiere of the new opera "Orlando" by Olga Neuwirth. The strong final applause mingled on Sunday evening, some striking boos to the address of the composer, which is considered the "Enfant terrible" of the Austrian scene of the Newtons. Overall, the premiere was rated as a great success.

Above all, the Vienna Philharmonic under the conductor and composer Matthias Pintscher proved to be at their best and did not succumb to special ensembles for new music. There was also much rejoicing for the US mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey in the role of Orlando and the other members of the many-headed singing team. Meyer leaves the Vienna State Opera after ten years and becomes the new head of the Milan Scala.

In her eagerly anticipated opera performance, Neuwirth juxtaposes the eponymous novel by Virginia Woolf. It is about the fictitious biography of an English nobleman of the Elizabethan era, who discovered the poetry and turns into a woman on his journey through the centuries. Neuwirth and her librettist write the biography of Orlando into the present and continue to connect her with a committed plea against the oppression of women and for the recognition of multiple (gender) identities.

Renowned for her daring-androgynous designs, Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo from fashion label Comme des Garcons was responsible for the sumptuous costumes, for the lavish videos of video artist Will Duke. Directed by the British Polly Graham.


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Source: zeit

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