temporary stedelijk 3

stedelijk @ de nederlandse opera - discussion with pierre audi, iván fischer, and christof hetzer
thu 07 june 16:00


Location: Bimhuis, Piet Heinkade 3, Amsterdam
Language: English
Entrance price: € 5; Free for subscription holders to the DNO and Friends of the Stedelijk
Reservations: Required, via info@dno.nl

The premiere of the opera Parsifal during the Holland Festival is one of the highlights of the 2011/2012 season, and in the run up to this eagerly anticipated event, De Nederlandse Opera, with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, presents a discussion with the creators of Parsifal. For this production, director Pierre Audi collaborated with the world famous British artist Anish Kapoor, who was responsible for the set design. This partnership has led to an imaginative presentation full of magical scenes and unforgettable images.

During this afternoon at the Bimhuis, theatrical producer Klaus Bertisch will hold a discussion with director Pierre Audi, conductor Iván Fischer and designer Christof Hetzer about this special collaboration and the relationship of the Parsifal to their respective oeuvres. Christof Hetzer, who has been responsible for the design of DNO production Il turco in Italia, will analyze Kapoor´s set design for this particular opera.

The afternoon of discussions with Audi, Fisher and Hetzer is the second co-production of the Stedelijk and De Nederlandse Opera. Previously, the two institutions organized an afternoon with artist Jonathan Meese, in the context of the Public Program of Temporary Stedelijk 2 (2011).

More information about the opera Parsifal:

From the very beginning, the music of Wagner’s last opera was much admired, but the religious and philosophical character of the libretto repeatedly gave rise to vehement discussions. Only a “pure fool” could bring salvation through the power of Christian compassion to Amfortas and the Community of the Holy Grail that had fallen into dissolution. However, is Parsifal really an innocent after he has been kissed by Kundry? At the end of the opera, it is actually clear that he – the redeemer – needs to be saved himself. Kundry also unites two souls within her; she is both a temptress and a servant and this duality is expressed in the music. The sparingly used leitmotifs become so fused by Wagner in this opera that they affect each other, and refer to each other in such a way that ambivalence and dissention achieve a musical form.

For more information about the opera during the Holland Festival, please visit www.dno.nl

More information about the speakers:

Pierre Audi, artistic director of the DNO and the Holland Festival, has signed on for his first new production with De Nederlandse Opera since Saint François d’Assise (2008). During the early 1990s, there were three series of performances of Parsifal at the DNO, a production directed by Klaus Michael Grüber; this time, Audi is directing a new production of Wagner’s last opera himself. For the past few years, Audi was a guest director for the Theater an der Wien (Handel’s Partenope), the Metropolitan Opera New York (Verdi’s Attila), the Salzburger Festspiele (world première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Dionysos), and the Ruhr Triennale (world première of Hans Werner Henze’s Gisela), among others.

Hungarian Iván Fischer, founder and chief conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Is making his debut with De Nederlandse Opera. He is conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which, in recent years, provided the music for Lady Macbeth von Mtsensk, Die Gezeichneten, Carmen, and Eugene Onegin. Fischer has often worked as a guest director with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra. He has conducted operas such as The Magic Flute (Opéra National de Paris), Così fan tutte (Glyndebourne Festival), The Marriage of Figaro, and Don Giovanni (Budapest). Fischer was given the title Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2006, he was awarded the Kossuth prize, the most prestigious art prize in Hungary.

Christof Hetzer was born in Salzburg and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, as a pupil of Erich Wonder. Since 2001, he works as a freelance set and costumes designer for Schaubühne Berlin, Theater Basel, de Bayerische Staatsoper München, Oper Frankfurt, het Nationaltheater Mannheim and de Vlaamse Opera, among others. He has collaborated with such directors as Hans Neuenfels, Christian Stückl, Constanze Macras, Pierre Audi and David Hermann, working on productions such as Sing für mich, Tod (Ruhr Triennial), L’heure espagnole/La vida breve, Médée of Charpentier (Oper Frankfurt) and Les Troyens (Staatstheater Karlsruhe). Hetzer was recipient of the Hein Heckroth Award for set design in 2011.