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Orlando


Wiener Staatsoper  // Vienna State Opera
Vienna, Austria

Sunday, December 8, 2019  - Friday, December 20, 2019

World Premiere Opera 
Libretto Catherine Filloux and Olga Neuwirth

"Olga Neuwirth’s music theatre opens a door into the realm of what has been simultaneously experienced, read and heard, of what is known and felt – in other words, into the realm of fiction shaped by memories.  'Ever since I was a child I have been interested in everything from the arts to politics, from the sciences to human psychology (…) I have let myself be inspired by the small and big things that the world has to offer, by the wonderful diversity of life, and I see this reflected in Orlando. For it is a love of oddities, of the paradoxical, the grotesque, virtuosity, exaltation and exaggeration that are the essence of this fictional biography, which aims to create a new morphology of narration.'” wiener-staatsoper.at

The libretto for Orlando is based on the novel by Virginia Woolf (1928). 

 

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Rei Kawakubo Talks ‘Orlando,’ Opera and the Performance of Gender

 

The Comme des Garçons founder on her debut as a costume designer at the Wiener Staatsoper.



The New York Times

On Dec. 8, “Orlando” will have its premiere at the Vienna State Opera. The opera represents a meeting of female creative minds across time and countries: It is based on the novel by Virginia Woolf, composed by Olga Neuwirth, with a libretto by Ms. Neuwirth and Catherine Filloux, directed by Polly Graham, with costumes by Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons. 

“Orlando” is the first opera commissioned from a female composer by the Vienna Opera in its 150 years of existence, and the first time Ms. Kawakubo has designed for the stage. In an email exchange, she discussed the experience.

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