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Karl V. by Krenek @Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich – New Production

February 10, 2019 - July 14, 2019

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Ernst Krenek’s theatrical piece Karl V. consisting completely of twelve-tone series should have premiered at the Vienna State Opera. The political situation in the Vienna of 1933 and the fact that Krenek was despised by the Nazis because of this Jazz opera Jonny spielt auf, prevented the première. It only took place five years later in Prague, however, Krenek had already emigrated to the USA. Karl V was the last emperor to hold to the idea of a Christian empire in which the sun never set, although its downfall was always inevitable, for numerous reasons. For the second production of Karl V. in the Nationaltheater, Carlus Padrissa, in particular, seeks out political power systems that are highly topical, and so very precisely analyses the treatment in the theatrical piece. At the core of the intellectually and linguistically highly qualified libretto, written by the composer himself, Karl V. reflects on his life and makes his confession to a young monk below Titian’s The Last Supper.

Photo © Felix Löchner

Stage work with music in two parts • 1938
Libretto by the composer

In German with German and English surtitles

Conductor Erik Nielsen
Production, Stage Carlus Padrissa ‒
La Fura dels Baus
Stage, Costumes, Video Lita Cabellut
Special effects Thomas Bautenbacher
Choir Stellario Fagone
Dramaturgy Benedikt Stampfli

• Karl V. Bo Skovhus
• Juana Okka von der Damerau
• Eleonore Gun-Brit Barkmin
• Ferdinand / Ein Anhänger Luthers Dean Power
• Isabella Anne Schwanewilms
• Francisco Borgia Scott MacAllister
• Franz I. Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
• Frangipani / Hofastrolog / Pizarro Kevin Conners
• Luther Markus Eiche
• Sultan Soliman Peter Lobert


February 10, 2019
July 14, 2019
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