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LEAR, ARIBERT REIMANN, STAATSOPER HAMBURG
Aribert Reimann
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Aribert Reimann
LEAR, ARIBERT REIMANN, STAATSOPER HAMBURG
Staatsoper Hamburg, 2014

Soloists: 
Bo Skovhus, Katja Pieweck, Hellen Kwon, Siobhan Stagg, Erwin Leder
Orchestra, Chorus: 
Philharmoniker Hamburg, Chor der Staatsoper Hamburg
Conductor: 
Simone Young
Director: 
Karoline Gruber
Location: 
Staatsoper Hamburg

Aribert Reimann’s „Lear“ is a milestone in the tragic opera of the 20th century. Ever since its 1978 premiere at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, it has made its triumphal progress around the world in more than thirty productions as the most successful Shakespeare opera of our time. The remorseless logic of the action and plot and the primal force of irresistible sonic fantasies give this work the power to hold the attention of its listeners and viewers from the first moment to the last. The great theme of self-deception is fancifully portrayed in this captivating stage production by Karoline Gruber with a retreat into the interior of a far from frail old man. It is not senility that drives Lear, brilliantly sung by Bo Skovhus, into isolation but his hyperactive ego. The first Hamburg performance of Lear is a musical achievement of the highest order. “The orchestra of the State Opera under its GMD Simone Young is in absolutely top form.” (Handelsblatt)
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