Opera

Die Soldaten

Bernd Alois Zimmermann

16 May, 18 - 03 Jun, 18

Musical conductor: Pablo Heras-Casado

Musical conductor: Michael Zlabinger

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The Teatro Real presents the first stage version in Spain of Die Soldaten, the only opera by Bernd Alois Zimmermann and one of the key compositions of the 20th century; its highly complex dramaturgy is most demanding to stage. Calixto Bieito takes on the adaptation of this magnificent work; its extensive story line and characters portray a picture of human beings - trapped in a mediocre and marginal social milieu - when reason succumbs to circumstances.

Pablo Heras-Casado rises to the challenge of conducting an opera with more than 100 musicians in the orchestra and 16 singers on stage, along with various speaking or mute roles in this devilishly difficult score. For the April 19th performance, Michael Zlabinger will be in the pit.

 

Language

Español

Subtitles in

Español, Inglés

Opera in four acts

Music by Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1918-1970)
 
Libretto by Bernd Alois Zimmermann, after the play (1776) of the same name by Jakov Michael Reinhold Lenz
 
Premiered at the Opernhaus of Cologne on 15 February 1965

Premiere at the Teatro Real
 
New production by the Teatro Real, first created by the Operhaus Zürich and the Komische Oper Berlin

               

Synopsis of Die Soldaten

Act I

In the home of Wesener, a merchant who has moved to Lille with his daughters from Armentières. Charlotte, the elder sibling, is embroidering as her sister Marie writes a letter to the mother of Stolzius, her fiancé back in Armentières. Desportes, a young military officer and nobleman, visits Wesener’s shop, intent on seducing Marie. Desportes asks her father for permission to take her to the theatre, but he refuses. Alone with his daughter, Wesener explains that soldiers are famous for ruining poor girls’ reputation. Outside the barracks, the soldiers discuss the influence of the theatre on their behaviour. Haudy argues that theatre is more fun than any sermon, while Eisenhardt believes that soldiers should be subject to the same moral restrictions as civilians. At home, Wesener insinuates to Marie that a relationship with the captain could be socially beneficial to the family, and suggests that she should not tell Stolzius anything yet. Left alone,  Marie can’t help but feel guilty.

Act II

In Madame Roux’s café, soldiers drink and play cards. Pirzel argues with Eisenhardt, who takes a dim view of the soldiers’ mockery of Stolzius based on rumours about his fiancé Marie. When Haudy enters the café with Stolzius, the soldiers make ironic remarks. Marie tells Desportes that Stolzius is angry with her, and Desportes offers to write a letter in reply. Marie decides to break up with Stolzius and surrender to Desportes. The situations overlap. On the one hand, Stolzius’ mother chastises him for being in love with a «soldier’s whore», while on the other, Wesener’s elderly mother sings a folksong about lost innocence. Stolzius swears to take revenge against Desportes.

Act III

Eisenhardt and Pirzel chat about the arrival of Desportes’ friend, Captain Mary. Stolzius visits Mary after deciding to join the army under Mary for the sole purpose of murdering Desportes. At the Wesener home, Charlotte chastises Marie for accepting Mary’s gallantry. She replies that Desportes has abandoned her and that this is the only way to keep in touch with him. As Charlotte argues with her sister, she is interrupted by Mary, who has come to invite her to take a walk. They all leave, accompanied by Stolzius, unrecognised by Marie. Countess De la Roche waits impatiently for her son to come home. He started a relationship with Marie shortly after she was dumped by Mary. The Countess gives him a severe dressing down, and advises him not to go on seeing a lower class girl. At Wesener’s house, the
sisters argue over Marie’s attempts to make Mary jealous by accepting the young count’s gifts. They are visited by the Countess, who cruelly confronts Marie with the truth: a relationship with her son is impossible.

Act IV

Marie’s past, present and future overlap in her nightmares. Stolzius decides to poison Desportes. As he serves the table where Mary and Desportes are sitting, the officers jeer about Marie. Tired of her whims and convinced that «she is no better than a whore», they left her in the hands of Desportes gamekeeper, who raped her. Stolzius reveals his identity when the poisoned soup takes effect, and then commits suicide. Endless lines of soldiers and fugitives cross paths in the city limits. Wesener meets his daughter on the  street. She is now a beggar, and he does not recognize her.

Die Soldaten

Bernd Alois Zimmermann

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Releases

Amigos del Real

26 January

2018

Suscribers

31 January

2018

General Public

05 February

2018

Show functions

  • Date/hour
  • Space
  • Cast
  • Subscription ticket

16 May 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Subscription tickets E

19 May 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Subscription tickets G

22 May 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Subscription tickets F

24 May 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Subscription tickets B

28 May 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Subscription tickets Z

31 May 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Subscription tickets A

03 June 2018

20:00

Main Auditorium

Subscription tickets D

Parallel activities

Cursos de Formación

What's OnTeatro Real

Curso monográfico sobre Die Soldaten, impartido por Gabriel Menéndez. 3-10 de mayo de 2017, 19h.

03

May

2017

19:00

Enfoques

What's OnGayarre Hall

Encuentro con los artistas de la producción. Miércoles, 9 de mayo, 20.15 h. Sala Gayarre. Acceso libre. Aforo limitado.

09

May

2018

20:15

En torno a Die Soldaten

What's OnGayarre Hall

José Luis Téllez desgrana al público interesado las claves de la ópera todos los días de función, 45 minutos antes de la misma. Sala Gayarre. Aforo limitado.

08

May

2018

Los Domingos de Camara

What's OnMain Auditorium

Concierto a cargo de los solistas de la Orquesta Titular del Teatro Real. Domingo, 27 de mayo, 12.00 h. Sala principal.

27

May

2018

12:00

Conferencia: Die Soldaten: la corchea de una tragedia

What's OnGayarre Hall

Ponente: Arnoldo Liberman. Viernes 11 de mayo, 19.30 h. Sala Gayarre. Entrada libre hasta completar aforo.

11

May

2018

19:30

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