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Die tote Stadt

on February 09, 2022
This is the page for the performance on February 09, 2022.
Music Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Cast 09.02.2022

Conductor Thomas Guggeis
Director Willy Decker
Set and costume design Wolfgang Gussmann
Paul Klaus Florian Vogt
Marietta, Tänzerin Vida Mikneviciute
Die Erscheinung Mariens, Pauls verstorbener Gattin Vida Mikneviciute
Frank, Pauls Freund Adrian Eröd
Brigitta, bei Paul Monika Bohinec
Fritz, der Pierrot Adrian Eröd
Juliette Anna Nekhames
Lucienne Stephanie Houtzeel
Victorin Robert Bartneck
Graf Albert Daniel Jenz


digital programme booklet (mainly in German) 

Paul has lived in Bruges for years, mourning the loss of his wife, Marie. He keeps everything that reminds him of her in a room in his house that he has turned into a “Temple of the Past”; the articles include a braid of his dead wife´s hair. When his friend Frank visits him, Paul tells him of his meeting with an unknown woman whose resemblance to Marie is remarkable. It is Marietta, a dancer who has an engagement top perform in Bruges and who has accepted Paul´s invitation to visit him. She accepts his bouquet of roses and, accompanying herself on Marie´s lute, sings an old, sad song. For Paul, his images of the dead Marie mingle increasingly with those of Marietta. When he tries to take her in his arms, she escapes his embrace and leaves for rehearsal, however not before encouraging him to see her again at the theater. Paul sinks into a deep reverie in which Marie steps out of her portrait and reminds him of his loyalty to her. Suddenly he finds himself on the quay in front of before Marietta´s house. Frank appears and has the key to her room. Paul strikes him down and grabs the key. Marietta returns from the theatre with the troupe of comedians and improvises the resurrection scene from Meyerbeers´s opera "Robert de Diable" on the street in honour of Count Albert. Marietta plays the resurrected Hélène. Paul rushes onto the scene and accuses her of blasphemy. Marietta takes up the struggle with her dead rival. After spending the night with her, Paul is filled with guilt. When a procession passes outside the house, Marietta mocks his piety. Finally, she seizes the braid of Marie´s hair. Paul tries to wrest it from her, pushing her to the floor and strangling her.

… Paul then awakes from his dream. Marietta appears to fetch the bouquet of roses she had forgotten. Frank also returns, and Paul decides to leave Bruges, the “city of the dead”, with him.

Co-production partner

Co-production with Salzburg Festival, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona and the Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam.