La Ronde

Bernhard Lang

Work of music theatre for five voices and 23 instruments (2012)
Libretto by Michael Sturminger after Arthur Schnitzler's play La Ronde (1920)
Sung in German
Austrian premiere performance

Coproduction with Neue Oper Wien

Premiere 
30 July 2019 - 8.00 p.m., Werkstattbühne
Der Reigen

For his piece of music theatre based on the stage play La Ronde, Bernhard Lang has composed loops that oscillate between the "despairing comedy, erotic obsession and the compulsive behaviour of depression".

Arthur Schnitzler's play, surrounded by scandal, is a kind of round dance that presents ten couples who meet for a brief sexual adventure – a subject that positions itself "with frivolity and its eternal opposition to so-called morality", as Schnitzler's lover Adele Sandrock put it.

The "recurring structure of seduction, sex and postlude" predestined the text for Lang's compositional principle, in which loops become "analytical instruments of mechanised and compulsive human behaviours" – as the Austrian composer himself has written about the work. Lang conveys the heterogeneity of characters, demi-mondes and trash with elements of different musical styles and with a combination of classical orchestra, drum set and synthesiser. Two roles have been composed for counter-tenor, making possible additional gender identities compared to what was available at the time the play was written.

Director Alexandra Liedtke works both in spoken theatre and in opera. She has directed at the Salzburg Festival, Salzburger Landestheater, Theater in der Josefstadt and Vienna State Opera. Following the success of the world premiere of Staatsoperette – Die Austrotragödie, Bregenz Festival is continuing its collaboration with Neue Oper Wien with this production of La Ronde.

Music director Walter Kobéra
Stage director Alexandra Liedtke
Stage & costume designer Falko Herold
Dound designer Christina Bauer
Lighting designer Norbert Chmel
Dramaturg Olaf A. Schmitt

amadeus ensemble-wien​

Cast

Marie | Lilly Anita Giovanna Rosati​
Manuela | Emma Barbara Pöltl
Alfred | Pauline Thomas Lichtenecker
Franz | Robert Alexander Kaimbacher
Karl | Johannes Marco Di Sapia

Additional information

Sujet Schnitzler: Reigen 19, Inhalt
Sujet Schnitzler: Reigen 19, Inhalt
Arthur Schnitzler: La Ronde

Musicbanda Franui | 
Fritsch | Bechtolf

15 August 2019
7.30 p.m., Festspielhaus

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Sujet Schnitzler: Reigen 19, Inhalt
Arthur Schnitzler: La Ronde

Musicbanda Franui | 
Fritsch | Bechtolf

15 August 2019
7.30 p.m., Festspielhaus

Sujet Schnitzler: Reigen 19, Inhalt
Arthur Schnitzler: La Ronde

Musicbanda Franui | 
Fritsch | Bechtolf

15 August 2019
7.30 p.m., Festspielhaus

Sujet Musik und Poesie 19, Inhalt
Sujet Musik und Poesie 19, Inhalt
Musik & Poesie

21 & 28 July and 4 August 2019
7.30 p.m., Seestudio

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Sujet Musik und Poesie 19, Inhalt
Musik & Poesie

21 & 28 July and 4 August 2019
7.30 p.m., Seestudio

Sujet Musik und Poesie 19, Inhalt
Musik & Poesie

21 & 28 July and 4 August 2019
7.30 p.m., Seestudio

Sujet Rigoletto 19, Inhalt
Sujet Rigoletto 19, Inhalt
Rigoletto

Giuseppe Verdi
Premiere on 17 July 2019
9.15 p.m., Seebühne

Opera in three acts (1851)

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Sujet Rigoletto 19, Inhalt
Rigoletto

Giuseppe Verdi
Premiere on 17 July 2019
9.15 p.m., Seebühne

Opera in three acts (1851)

Sujet Rigoletto 19, Inhalt
Rigoletto

Giuseppe Verdi
Premiere on 17 July 2019
9.15 p.m., Seebühne

Opera in three acts (1851)