Chamber Opera

Marisol Montalvo as Thérèse (c) Jörn Kipping
Marisol Montalvo as Thérèse (c) Jörn Kipping

Philipp Maintz


Chamber opera after Émile Zola
Libretto: Otto Katzameier

Nicolas André Conductor
Georges Delnon Stage director
Marie-Thérèse Jossen Stage and costume designer
Bernd Gallasch Lighting designer
Johannes Blum Dramaturg

Otto Katzameier Laurent
Marisol Montalvo Thérèse
Tim Severloh Camille
Renate Behle Madame Raquin
Silke Lange An accordionist

Members of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra

World premiere
Commissioned by the Salzburg Easter Festival and the Hamburg State Opera, funded by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung
Coproduction with the Hamburg State Opera

Sunday, 14 April, 15:00
Wednesday, 17 April, 18:00
Grosse Universitätsaula (Large University Auditorium)

Performance end time approx. 16:20 respectively 19:20



Introductory talks with the composer one hour before performance begins in the foyer at Große Universitätsaula:

Sunday, 14 April, 14:00, with Philipp Maintz and dramaturg Johannes Blum

Wednesday, 17 April, 17:00, with Philipp Maintz and Peter Ruzicka, Intendant



About this work:

Thérèse lives in an arranged marriage with her cousin Camille, suffering unspeakably. She falls in love with Laurent, her husband’s best friend. Now she experiences a passion and happiness she would never have considered possible previously.
The absolute wish to live together eclipses all else, and they decide to murder the husband. Now the way seems clear, but this open path is the very thing irreparably damaging their bond.
Both are incapable of stopping the logic of their love’s death. Assigning blame only demonstrates their powerlessness in the face of the pointless fatalism of their development. The only communality they are still able to achieve is a suicide pact.