Huge excitement at opera premiere in Hamburg

Premiere von Tannhäuser

Cheers for the vocals and strong boons for directing and musical direction: the premiere of Richard Wagner’s “Tanhauser” at the Hamburg State Opera (Neustadt) on Sunday received mixed reactions. Hungarian director Kornel Mundruko replaces a more than 30-year-old version by Harry Kupfer with his new production in Hamburg.

In doing so, she and her stage designer Monica Pormel reverse Wagner’s moral contrast between the two worlds: Weinsberg is not a corrupt place; Instead, free love and paradisiacal closeness to nature go hand in hand.

Hamburg State Opera: Booing at the Premiere of “Tanhauser”

On the other hand, Wagner’s idyllic forest area near Wartburg, in which the eponymous hero is believed to have found his way to a godly life, is a desolate pile of stones near Mundruko.


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There were many accolades for the singers: Claus Florian Vogt sang the title role with his brilliant, articulate tenor. Mezzo-soprano tanza Ariane Baumgartner figures Venus’s maturity and passion.

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Jennifer Holloway’s Elizabeth was taken from her desperation, Christoph Pohl as Wolfram von Eschenbach and Georg Zeppenfeld as Landgrave Hermann were also convinced from the audience’s point of view. The State Philharmonic Orchestra and State Opera Chorus were conducted by Kent Nagano. (dpa)

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