Chamber Opera



Azione invisibile per solista, strumenti e voci
Text von Salvatore Sciarrino nach Jules Laforgue

Peter Tilling Conductor
Michael Sturminger Director
Renate Martin, Andreas Donhauser Stage and costume design

Sarah Maria Sun Elsa
Shan Huang Tenor
Rupert Grössinger Baritone
Alexander Voronov Bass
œnm . österreichisches ensemble für neue musik

New production

Sunday, 9 April 2017, 3pm
Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 9.30pm
Sunday, 16 April 2017, 3pm
Grosse Universitätsaula (Large University Auditorium)



Hopes and yearnings


This Lohengrin is a very different story from the one told by Richard Wagner. The Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino wrote a chamber opera with this title in 1982–84, but it does not refer to Wagner’s version of the Lohengrin legend. Instead, it is based on that of the Symbolist poet Jules Laforgue (1860–87). The figure of Elsa is foregrounded here. Lohengrin has abandoned her, and she reflects on the past – though a past that might either be real or the product of her imagination. Hopes and yearnings are what give momentum to both Elsa’s memories and her current state of mind.

Michael Sturminger, one of the most renowned Austrian directors and authors, is responsible for this production of Sciarrino’s intimate, intense, arresting work. Renate Martin and Andreas Donhauser have designed the sets and the costumes. The title role is being performed by the soprano Sarah Maria Sun, who has made a name for herself on the international scene on account of her highly expressive interpretations of the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Peter Tilling – another new music specialist – will conduct, and the accompanying ensemble is ‘œnm . österreichisches ensemble für neue musik’.