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Please note that there has been a change of running time for Die tote Stadt. The new running time is approximately three hours including two twenty-minute intervals.
Photographs, paintings, a lock of hair. Paul clings to the memory of his dead wife, caught between a happy past and an uncertain future.
Can Mariette, who bears an uncanny likeness to his dead wife, help him leave the shadowlands? Or is it a journey he must make all by himself?
Opera Australia presents the Australian premiere of Die tote Stadt, directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Stefan Vinke as Paul and Cheryl Barker in the dual roles of Marie and Mariette.
Korngold is best known as one of Hollywood’s first film composers, with classics such as The Sea Hawk, starring Errol Flynn, to his name. But before film came opera. Die tote Stadt, ‘The Dead City’, is a masterpiece of the twentieth century, full of soaring vocal writing and lush orchestration, reminiscent of Puccini and Richard Strauss.
This production breaks new ground for opera in Australia. Korngold’s sumptuous orchestral textures will fill the Opera Theatre with state-of-the-art cinematic surround sound, coming from a live performance from the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in the Opera House Studio.
|Set & Costume Designer||John Stoddart|
|Lighting Designer||Nigel Levings|
|Scenic Projection Images Design||Resolution Design|
|- Creative Director||Tim Dyroff|
|- Designers||Dylan McIntyre|
|Sound Designer||Tony David Cray|
|Audio System Design||Ralf Zuleeg|
|Count Albert||Stephen Smith|