Phaedra across Europe

Phaedra across Europe
© Ruth Walz
The original production (Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin in 2007) of Phaedra, by Hans Werner Henze continues to tour extensively in Europe. Directed by Peter Musbach with set design by Olafur Eliasson it will be presented by Theatre an der Wein and the Holland Festival. At almost the same time, the Festival Maggio Musicale Florentino will present a new production which will be directed by Michael Kerstan.

“Phaedra” turned out to be a manifold surprise – and almost a joyful victory for the 81-year-old. Nimble-fingered as a magician who reaches deep into his bag of tricks once more, Henze composed a puzzle of musical influences that are skillfully and competently mixed together.

In a phase where health and life have almost broken him, Henze shows amazing transcendence and charm. With “Phaedra” he has produced a late classic.

Kai Luehrs-Kaiser, Muncher Merkur, 10/09/2007

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