Wolfgang Rihm (1952)

Chamber opera in one act
Libretto by Michael Fröhling, based on the novel "Lenz" by Georg Büchner
First performed the 8th of March 1979 in Hamburg
Jakob Lenz de Wolfgang Rihm - Mise en scène d'Andrea Breth - Direction musicale Ingo Metzmacher
© Patrick Berger / artcompress
Ingo Metzmacher
Stage Director
Andrea Breth
Stage Designer
Martin Zehetgruber
Costume Designer
Eva Dessecker
Lighting Designer
Alexander Koppelmann
Sergio Morabito
Conductor Assistant
Marc Leroy-Calatayud
Vocal Coaches
Hermann Kretzschmar, Frédéric Calendreau
Stage Director Assistant
Magdalena Fuchsberger
Second Stage Director Assistant
Maud Morillon
Stage Designer Assistant
Stefanie Wagner
Sound engineer
Alexander Nefzger
Georg Nigl
Wolfgang Bankl
John Daszak
Soprano 1
Josefin Feiler
Soprano 2
Olga Heikkilä*
Alto 1
Camille Merckx
Alto 2
Beth Taylor
Bass 1
Dominic Große
Bass 2
Eric Ander*
Martin Bukovsek
Lola Gerard, Maël Bigay, Léonard Vieu, Romo Julyan, Basil Witte, Hans Dupont-Hare, Rémi Alexandre
Ensemble Modern
*Former artists of the Académie

REVIVAL OF THE PRODUCTION OF THE STAATSOPER STUTTGART 2014, coproduced with Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie (Brussels), Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Berlin)

He did everything like everybody else; but there was an appalling void in him, he did not have any fear, or any desire; his existence for him was a necessary burden. It was thus that he continued to live.

Georg Büchner: Lenz, 1839

1776, in the mists of the Vosges, a silhouette is wandering on the mountain. This man on the edge of folly is Jakob Lenz, poet whose tumultuous plays gave its fanatical impetus to the pre-romantic movement known as Sturm und Drang. Lenz found refuge in the home of a clergyman of an Alsatian village and attempted to escape the madness which would end up getting the better of him. In 1835, struck by the fate of this cursed poet, Georg Büchner recounts the episode in a dazzling short story. In 1979, the German composer Wolfgang Rihm wrote an opera after Büchner’s short story, a heady score and powerfully suggestive. In 2019, the immense stage director Andrea Breth will make her French debut by presenting her vision of Rihm’s Jacob Lenz at the Festival d’Aix, in a visionary spectacle which obtained the Faust Prize, the highest distinction in German theatre.


    Andrea Breth's staging of Wolfgang Rihm's Jakob Lenz is virtually sublime. 

    Andrea Breth's staging of Wolfgang Rihm's first opera caused a sensation at Aix-en-Provence. 

    A powerful of show.

    A stunning performance.
Friday 5 July 2019
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Friday 12 July 2019
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Prices: 190€, 165€, 120€, 80€, 55€, 30€
Young person's tariff: 9€
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Performance available with ticket packages 100% opera or 100% creation and Premium or Prestige offer

1 hour and 15 minutes without interval

Sung in German with French and English surtitles