Impresario Dotcom

Ľubica Čekovská

Impresario Dotcom - Sogno di un' Europa di mezza estate
Opera buffa in four acts
Libretto by Laura Olivi after Carlo Goldonis
The Impresario from Smyrna (1761)
Sung in Italian with German surtitles 
World premiere

Co-production with Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava

24 July 2020 - 7.30 p.m., Theater am Kornmarkt
2,5 hours (including interval)
Impresario Dotcom

Drawn by the alluring invitation of a mysterious wealthy man, several ambitious opera singers apply to perform at a newly opened opera house at an unknown location. They dream of fame and riches. The greedy opera singer manager Lasca picks them up at the airport and herds them together in one hotel suite. The singers begin to fume with indignation at this shoddy treatment, but try their best to preserve the necessary composure to audition in front of Impresario Dotcom. But that test presents them with unexpected challenges ...

First performed in 1759, Carlo Goldoni's comedy deals with clichés about the opera world and the Orient. In Laura Olivi's many-layered libretto and with a richly coloured score by the Slovak composer Ľubica Čekovská, the opera offers a contemporary take on aspirations and expectations as well as the mechanisms of the market in central European culture. Čekovská's first opera Dorian Gray, based on Oscar Wilde's play, was first performed in 2013 at the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava. The world premiere of this opera buffa will be directed by Elisabeth Stöppler, who demonstrated her affinity for humorous and grotesque situations in her staging of Peter Eötvös' opera The Golden Dragon at the Bregenz Festival.

Dotcom Zeynep Buyraç
Conte Lasca Aleš Jenis
Orfeo Hagen Matzeit
Olympia Eva Bodorova
Carmen Terezia Kruzliakova
Violetta Adriana Kučerova
Tamino Simeon Esper

Conductor Christopher Ward
Director Elisabeth Stöppler
Set designer Hermann Feuchter
Costume designer Nicole Pleuler
Lighting designer Martin Račko
Video designer Fabio Stoll
Dramaturgy Olaf A. Schmitt, Pavol Smolík

Orchestra of the Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava