Chamber Opera

Hans Werner Henze in Ischia 1954 (c) Hans-Werner-Henze-Stiftung
Hans Werner Henze in Ischia 1954 (c) Hans-Werner-Henze-Stiftung



Vaudeville in five scenes
World premiere

Text by Hans Magnus Enzensberger after Miguel Barnet
Adaption for chamber ensemble by Jobst Liebrecht

Peter Ruzicka, Adrian Heger Musical direction
Pauline Beaulieu Director
Benjamin Schönecker Stage designer
Veronika Bleffert Costumes designer
Knut Jürgens Sound designer
Simone Oestreicher Lighting designer
Irma van Doornmalen Video designer
Roman Reeger Dramaturg

Victoria Randem* Rachel
Olivia Stahn Lucile
Andrés Moreno García* Eusebio · Paco
Jaka Mihelač* Telescope renter · Don Alfonso · Senator
Isabel Karajan Theatre director
Hanh Mai Thi Tran Federica · Yarini · Estebana, the daughter of the Cimarrón

* Members of the International Opera Studio of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden

Members of the Orchestral Academy of the Staatskapelle Berlin and guests
Coproduction with the Staatsoper Unter den Linden
With the support of the the City of Salzburg

Sunday, 5 April, 15:00
Wednesday, 8 April, 19:00
Saturday, 11 April, 15:00
SZENE Salzburg


In the early 1970s the composer Hans Werner Henze and writer Hans Magnus Enzensberger created a music-theatre project entitled La Cubana, or a life for art. It was first seen in a TV version in 1974, and was put on stage the following year. But their work had not yet found the form that best suited it. This task remained unfinished in Henze’s lifetime, but has now been achieved posthumously. In 2020 the Salzburg Easter Festival will be giving the world première of La piccola Cubana as a chamber opera, adapted by Jobst Liebrecht according to Henze’s own specifications.

At the heart of the opera is the life story of Rachel, an artiste possessed of a dazzling personality. looks back on her life as a dazzling artiste in the worlds of both variety and ballet – she has been variously a serious singer, a femme fatale, a revue girl and a critical commentator. We are offered a panorama of the societal, political and artistic life of Cuba from roughly 1906 to 1934, told from the perspective of 1959.