prisoner of the state
Contemporary take on Beethoven's Fidelio
David Lang (US)
prisoner of the state is an imposing modern classic created by the Pulitzer Prize winning American composer David Lang. Performed exclusively in Rotterdam, it is a dark and futuristic rendition of the story that underpins Fidelio, Beethoven’s sole opera. Without using a single note written by Beethoven but with similar ideals, one of the world’s most prominent contemporary composers tells his own version of the well-known narrative. He has created a visual spectacle with live projections, a large male choir behind a fence, and four leading actors who correspond with Beethoven’s protagonists. Lang has worked on this ambitious music theatre project for over a decade.
David Lang will be interviewed by journalist Joep Stapel prior to the performance. This starts at 19.45 until 20.15. Location: the foyer of the Main Hall.
“David Lang is one of the most important American composers – his adaptation of the Fidelio narrative about freedom is very relevant today – and with Claron McFadden in the leading role, expect a spectacular performance.” – Guy Coolen, artistic director O.
compositie en libretto: David Lang, Bochumer Symphoniker: dirigent: Steven Sloane, assistent dirigent: Magdalena Klein, The Assistant: Claron McFadden, The Jailer: Davóne Tines, The Governor: Alan Oke, The Prisoner: Michael Wilmering, Chorus of Prisoners and Guards: Vlaams Radiokoor, regie: Elkhanah Pulitzer, assistent regie: Diana Wyenn, assistent regie, choreografie: Miguel Alejandro Castillo, décor ontwerp: Matt Saunders, projectie: Adam Larsen, lichtontwerp, productieleiding: Thom Weaver, assistent lichtontwerp, productieleiding: Yannick Godts, kostuumontwerp: Maline Casta, assistent kostuumontwerp: Noelle Quanci, executive en uitvoerende producenten: Unusual Suspects (NL)
This performance is made possible in part by generous financial support from Simon Mordant A0 and Catriona Mordant AM, and an anonymous donor.