Opera

Aus einem Totenhaus

From the House of the Dead
Leoš Janáček (1854 – 1928)
Opera in three acts
Sung in Czech, with German surtitles.
Libretto by the composer, based on the 1862 novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Premiere: 1930 in Brno

In his last opera, Leoš Janáček set out to "penetrate the depths of humanity, with its most wretched people". On this occasion Janáček's interest in Russian literature led him to Dostoyevsky's novel "Notes from the House of the Dead", set in a Siberian prison. Janáček worked directly from the Russian original, which he himself translated and from which he selected individual passages, dialogues and monologues, writing them directly into the score. In the novel, Dostoyevsky recalls the harrowing experiences of his arrest and banishment to a katorga labour camp. In Janáček's work, the camp becomes a symbol of life: the music is existentially human, at once filled with both beauty and cruelty. The broad themes of his operatic output appear to culminate here: life and death, guilt and forgiveness.

With Janáček's last two operas, "The Makropulos Affair" and "From a House of the Dead", the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden brings an as yet unprecedented and intriguing double bill to the stage. "To experience these two operas interwoven with each other is an exciting journey beneath the skin of human existence." – Director Nicolas Brieger

PREMIERE: 30 April 2023

Cast

Conductor Johannes Klumpp
Director Nicolas Brieger
Stage Design Raimund Bauer
Costume Design Andrea Schmidt-Futterer
Lighting Design Andreas Frank
Chorus Master Albert Horne
Dramaturgy Constantin Mende
Alexandr Petrovič Gorjančikov Christopher Bolduc
Aljeja Julian Habermann
Luka Kusmič Aaron Cawley
Big Prisoner, Nikita Ralf Rachbauer
Small Prisoners, Don Juan & Malé Darcy Carroll
Prison Governor Jiří Sulženko
Old Prisoner Erik Biegel
Prisoner / Kedril Tianji Lin
Skuratov Samuel Levine
Tchekunov Young Doo Park
Prostitute Silvia Hauer
Šapkin Peter Marsh
Šiškov Johannes Martin Kränzle
Čerevin Alexander Spemann
Chor des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden, Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden

Dates

The Makropulos Affair
Premiere | International May Festival | Janáček DoubleGrosses Haus16:00
From the House of the Dead
Premiere | International May Festival | Janáček DoubleGrosses Haus20:00
From the House of the Dead
International May Festival | Janáček DoubleGrosses Haus15:00
The Makropulos Affair
International May Festival | Janáček DoubleGrosses Haus20:00
The Makropulos Affair
Janáček DoubleGrosses Haus19:30
From the House of the Dead
Janáček DoubleGrosses Haus19:30
The Makropulos Affair
Janáček DoubleGrosses Haus18:00
From the House of the Dead
Janáček DoubleGrosses Haus19:30
The Makropulos Affair
Janáček DoubleGrosses Haus19:30
From the House of the Dead
Janáček DoubleGrosses Haus19:30
The Makropulos Affair
Janáček DoubleGrosses Haus19:30