SALE revival at Opernhaus Zürich (Händel/Marthaler)!!!


Saturday, December 14, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Thursday, December 5, 2013

Surrounded by posters and signs promising radical price reductions, the remaining members of the owner dynasty gather in a formerly flourishing department store for a family meeting. These people, whose sense of solidarity existed merely with regard to the bank balance, suddenly remember the happiness of past times, dream of luxury goods, countless employees and full cash registers. And as they, denying reality, descend ever deeper into reminiscences of the past, they begin to sing. They sing music that is capable like no other of expressing loss, mourning and irrationalism. They are not aware of the fact that a composer by the name of Georg Friedrich Handel once wrote it. Yet they are all the more aware that it seems to contain a wonderful promise… Christoph Marthaler and Laurence Cummings have created a Handel pasticcio for Zurich Opera House that speaks in a hilarious and deeply moving manner about hardships and hopes in the permanent sale of our present.

Conductor: Laurence Cummings
Director: Christoph Marthaler
Stage and costume design: Anna Viebrock
Lighting Martin Gebhardt
Dramaturgy: Malte Ubenauf / Werner Hintze
Orchestra Orchestra La Scintilla

Die Chefin der Dynastie und Kaufhausdirektorin Anne Sofie von Otter
Ihr verstorbener (dritter) Ehemann: Marc Bodnar
Der uneheliche Sohn der Kaufhausdirektorin Raphael Clamer
Eine Nichte der Kaufhausdirektorin Malin Hartelius
Ein Grossneffe der Kaufhausdirektorin Christophe Dumaux
Ein naher (englischsprachiger) Verwandter Graham F. Valentine
Eine norwegisch-amerikanische Verwandte Tora Augestad
Eine ausgewanderte Verwandte Catriona Guggenbühl
Der Ehemann der ausgewanderten Verwandten Ueli Jäggi
Ein verwandter Witwenimitator Jürg Kienberger
Der Liquidator Bernhard Landau