Leoš Janáček – From the House of the Dead

7:00 pm
Janáček Theatre
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Leoš Janáček – From the House of the Dead

Director: Calixto Bieito

Nuremberg State Theatre

Unsuitable for people under 18

The opera  From the House of the Dead, Janáček’s last work for the stage, is still impressive today with its profound, genuine humanism. Based on Dostoyevsky’s novel Notes from the House of the Dead, Janáček describes the fate of a group of prisoners in a Russian jail, where freedom is fettered and human dignity is tarnished and disgraced. “And the blackness of my opera is giving me lots of work. It seems to me as though by degrees I am crawling lower and lower to the depths of humanity with its most wretched people. And it is difficult to crawl,” wrote Janáček in a letter to his friend Kamila Stösslová. Like a film on the big screen the opera plays out in front of the audience, where the confessions of the prisoners alternate with moments from everyday prison life, part of which includes brawling, drunkeness, pompous bragging and silence, as well as rare moments of joy. Even the souls of the prisoners contain glimmers of humanity – “In every creature a spark of God,” as the composer noted on the title page of the opera score. Janáček worked on the score from the start of 1927. However, he never managed to complete the score definitively as his work came to an end in August 1928 with his sudden death.

Director: Calixto Bieito

Conductor: Marcus Bosch

Stage design: Calixto Bieito, Philipp Berweger

Restaging: Barbora Horáková Joly

Costumes: Ingo Krügler

Lighting: Michael Bauer, Thomas Schlegel

Dramaturg: Ute Vollmar /Johann Casimir Eule

Choir master: Tarmo Vaask


Alexandr Petrovič Gorjančikov: Kay Stiefermann

Aljeja: Cameron Becker

Filka Morozov (Luka Kuzmič): Tilmann Unger

Large prisoner / backstage voice: David Yim

Small prisoner/ Čekunov: Alexey Birkus

Prison governor: Marcell Bakonyi

Elderly prisoner: Richard Kindley

Skuratov: Edwart Mout

Drunk prisoner: Chool Seomun

Cook: Wonyoung Kang

Blacksmith: Vikrant Subramanian

Priest: Rüdiger Krehbiel

Young prisoner / Čerevin: Youngseung Song

Prostitute: Lucas Noerbel

Prisoner playing Don Juan and Brahmin: Levent Bakirci

Šapkin / Kedril: Hans Kittelmann

Šiškov: Antonio Yang

Guard: Benjamin Weaver

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