Der goldene Drache
   

Opera

Der goldene Drache

Peter Eötvös

Music theatre Libretto by Roland Schimmelpfennig after the play of the same name, set to music by Peter Eötvös Performed in German


In the Thai-China-Vietnam fast food restaurant »The Golden Dragon«, a motley group of people come together: two stewardesses, the old man Hans and his granddaughter as well as the owners of the restaurant, a Chinese family. While the restaurant fills with cheerful talk and orders are taken for medium-spicy Pat Thai Gai and the Thai soup no. six, dramatic scenes are taking place in the tiny kitchen: A young Chinese has toothache but no health insurance, and in the midst of steaming woks, his fellow countrymen quickly pull out the rotten tooth using a plumber’s wrench and a bottle of schnapps. Said tooth sails through the air to land in the soup of the stewardesses. What begins as a wacky comedy, with the tooth tying together the stories of the various characters, soon turns bitter and even grotesque. Behind the mundane backdrop of an Asian fast food restaurant, a light is shone on society’s miseries and human despair.



Summary


In the Thai-China-Vietnam fast food restaurant »The Golden Dragon«, a motley group of people come together: two stewardesses, the old man Hans and his granddaughter as well as the owners of the restaurant, a Chinese family. While the restaurant fills with cheerful talk and orders are taken for medium-spicy Pat Thai Gai and the Thai soup no. six, dramatic scenes are taking place in the tiny kitchen: A young Chinese has toothache but no health insurance, and in the midst of steaming woks, his fellow countrymen quickly pull out the rotten tooth using a plumber’s wrench and a bottle of schnapps. Said tooth sails through the air to land in the soup of the stewardesses. What begins as a wacky comedy, with the tooth tying together the stories of the various characters, soon turns bitter and even grotesque. Behind the mundane backdrop of an Asian fast food restaurant, a light is shone on society’s miseries and human despair.



Complete Cast

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

Dresden premiere

Co-production with the Teatro Arriaga Bilbao

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Selected Performance Premiere

  • Friday 13 Dec 2019
  • Starting Time 6 pm

  • Venue Semper Zwei

Free introductory talk

  • 25 minutes before the scheduled performance in the upper foyer of Semper Zwei

Cast

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

Dresden premiere

Co-production with the Teatro Arriaga Bilbao

Selected Performance

  • Sunday 15 Dec 2019
  • Starting Time 5 pm

  • Venue Semper Zwei

Free introductory talk

  • 25 minutes before the scheduled performance in the upper foyer of Semper Zwei

Cast

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

Dresden premiere

Co-production with the Teatro Arriaga Bilbao

Selected Performance

  • Saturday 21 Dec 2019
  • Starting Time 7 pm

  • Venue Semper Zwei

Free introductory talk

  • 25 minutes before the scheduled performance in the upper foyer of Semper Zwei

Cast

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

Dresden premiere

Co-production with the Teatro Arriaga Bilbao

Selected Performance

  • Monday 23 Dec 2019
  • Starting Time 6 pm

  • Venue Semper Zwei

Free introductory talk

  • 25 minutes before the scheduled performance in the upper foyer of Semper Zwei

Cast

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

Dresden premiere

Co-production with the Teatro Arriaga Bilbao

Selected Performance

  • Saturday 28 Dec 2019
  • Starting Time 7 pm

  • Venue Semper Zwei

Free introductory talk

  • 25 minutes before the scheduled performance in the upper foyer of Semper Zwei

Cast

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

Dresden premiere

Co-production with the Teatro Arriaga Bilbao