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Thursday, October 24, 2019 7:30 PM
Friday, October 25, 2019 8:00 PM // Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

Zauberland (Magic Land)
An Encounter with Schumann’s Dichterliebe

 

“Speaking of changing the world, every so often an artist comes along who, quite simply, has it all. Julia Bullock is one of them. This radiant soprano boasts an unforgettable stage presence and a voice from heaven.” (WQXR, New York)

A young woman, five months pregnant, is forced to leave Syria and make the long journey to live in Germany. She leaves behind her husband and family in war-torn Aleppo and settles in Cologne, where she gives birth to a daughter and continues her career as a professional opera singer. On the eve of her husband’s death, she has a strange dream where singing a concert of Schumann’s Dichterliebe is mixed up with the trauma of her journey from Syria and her life in Aleppo before the war.

A quintessential work of European Romanticism, Schumann’s Dichterliebe is infused with yearning for love and landscapes that no longer exist. Composer Bernard Foccroulle and writer Martin Crimp created 16 new songs to be performed seamlessly alongside Schumann’s original work, opening up a new dramatic dialogue between past and present. This new work takes that soundscape and superimposes a theatrical story in which a young woman fleeing violence waits at a European border hoping to enter Zauberland — a magical world of security and peace. The work is performed by Julia Bullock, a voice of social consciousness whose activism permeates her work on stage, and directed by Katie Mitchell, who explores the relationship between a 19th century romantic sensibility and our 20th century reality of mass migration and violence.

In German and English, with surtitles

Please note: This performance contains adult themes.

Join a post-performance artist Q&A immediately following the Thursday, October 24 performance.

Co-produced and co-commissioned by UMS with Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Royal Opera/London, La Monnaie, Opéra de Lille, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Opéra de Rouen, and le cercle des partenaires des Bouffes du Nord.

LEAD PRESENTING SPONSOR

  • The Renegade Venture Fund, established by the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation

PRESENTING SPONSORS

  • Maurice and Linda Binkow Vocal and Chamber Arts Endowment Fund

PATRON SPONSOR

  • Ilene H. Forsyth Theater Endowment Fund

MEDIA PARTNERS

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10/24/19 7:30 PM
10/25/19 8:00 PM

Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

Zauberland (Magic Land)
An Encounter with Schumann’s Dichterliebe

Starting at $35 (+ fees)
$12-20 student tickets available
DETAILS

“Speaking of changing the world, every so often an artist comes along who, quite simply, has it all. Julia Bullock is one of them. This radiant soprano boasts an unforgettable stage presence and a voice from heaven.” (WQXR, New York)

A young woman, five months pregnant, is forced to leave Syria and make the long journey to live in Germany. She leaves behind her husband and family in war-torn Aleppo and settles in Cologne, where she gives birth to a daughter and continues her career as a professional opera singer. On the eve of her husband’s death, she has a strange dream where singing a concert of Schumann’s Dichterliebe is mixed up with the trauma of her journey from Syria and her life in Aleppo before the war.

A quintessential work of European Romanticism, Schumann’s Dichterliebe is infused with yearning for love and landscapes that no longer exist. Composer Bernard Foccroulle and writer Martin Crimp created 16 new songs to be performed seamlessly alongside Schumann’s original work, opening up a new dramatic dialogue between past and present. This new work takes that soundscape and superimposes a theatrical story in which a young woman fleeing violence waits at a European border hoping to enter Zauberland — a magical world of security and peace. The work is performed by Julia Bullock, a voice of social consciousness whose activism permeates her work on stage, and directed by Katie Mitchell, who explores the relationship between a 19th century romantic sensibility and our 20th century reality of mass migration and violence.

In German and English, with surtitles

Please note: This performance contains adult themes.

Join a post-performance artist Q&A immediately following the Thursday, October 24 performance.

Co-produced and co-commissioned by UMS with Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Royal Opera/London, La Monnaie, Opéra de Lille, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Opéra de Rouen, and le cercle des partenaires des Bouffes du Nord.

SPONSORS

LEAD PRESENTING SPONSOR

  • The Renegade Venture Fund, established by the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation

PRESENTING SPONSORS

  • Maurice and Linda Binkow Vocal and Chamber Arts Endowment Fund

PATRON SPONSOR

  • Ilene H. Forsyth Theater Endowment Fund

MEDIA PARTNERS

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