German premiere of Ruders' The Handmaid's Tale

German premiere of Ruders' The Handmaid's Tale
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Poul Ruders' opera The Handmaid's Tale with libretto by Paul Bentley recieves its German Premiere at Theater Freiburg on June 28, 2024.

Based on the book by Margaret Atwood, the futuristic dystopian story about the patriarchal and totalitarian Republic of Gilead became an opera in 1998 and premiered at the Royal Danish Opera in 2000. The opera's critical exploration of themes such as human rights, democracy, and environmental degradation remains as relevant today as ever, offering audiences profound insights into the dark world of Gilead and human nature.

The opera recently received critical acclaim at both the English National Opera (ENO) in London and the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen. This new production by director Peter Carp and stage design by Kaspar Zwimpfer will be performed in English with German surtitles.

Performance details
June 28 - July 13 (4 performances)
Theater Freiburg
Ektoras Tartanis, conductor
Peter Carp, director
Kaspar Zwimpfer, stage design
Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir of Theater Freiburg

On September 14, 2024, The Royal Danish Opera co-production of The Handmaid's Tale, directed by John Fulljames, will open at San Francisco Opera.

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