Opera

Satyricon

Bruno Maderna

Chamber Opera in one act Libretto by Ian Strasfogel and Bruno Maderna Performed in German, French, English, Italian and Latin with German supertitles

»This is Fortunata, Trimalchio’s wife! He’s so filthy rich, he doesn’t even know how much he’s got. But I do! I’ve got my finger in every single pie. He who pleases me is lucky, he who doesn’t, well, God bless him.« This is Trimalchio’s wife Fortunata, a former prostitute, commenting on her wealth and influence on her husband, a one-time slave and callboy. In a series of garishly decadent scenes, the eight supper guests at Trimalchio’s house disport themselves in a truly egomaniacal manner and do not shy away from mutual humiliation. Ruthlessly, Trimalchio schemes and rules over his guests politically, financially and sexually. At the end he even stages his own funeral. The Italian composer and proponent of the avant-garde in music, Bruno Maderna, borrowed excerpts from the Roman novel »Satyricon« by Petronius (ca. 60 AD), written during the reign of Emperor Nero, for his chamber opera. Composed after the Second World War, the work became a collage of diverse events, understood as symbols for decadence and depravity. Trimalchio’s supper reveals a society of masters and slaves whose class affiliation seems to have arisen by accident and can change at any time. The musical material was devised at a student workshop held in 1971 under the direction of Maderna and the American opera producer Ian Strasfogel. The composer created a work that is loud, obscene and coarse, but at the same time full of vitality and with many quotations from well-known operas. In five different languages, the characters converse in a cheerful and fatalistic manner while crawling through the gutters of their own dignity.

Summary

»This is Fortunata, Trimalchio’s wife! He’s so filthy rich, he doesn’t even know how much he’s got. But I do! I’ve got my finger in every single pie. He who pleases me is lucky, he who doesn’t, well, God bless him.« This is Trimalchio’s wife Fortunata, a former prostitute, commenting on her wealth and influence on her husband, a one-time slave and callboy. In a series of garishly decadent scenes, the eight supper guests at Trimalchio’s house disport themselves in a truly egomaniacal manner and do not shy away from mutual humiliation. Ruthlessly, Trimalchio schemes and rules over his guests politically, financially and sexually. At the end he even stages his own funeral. The Italian composer and proponent of the avant-garde in music, Bruno Maderna, borrowed excerpts from the Roman novel »Satyricon« by Petronius (ca. 60 AD), written during the reign of Emperor Nero, for his chamber opera. Composed after the Second World War, the work became a collage of diverse events, understood as symbols for decadence and depravity. Trimalchio’s supper reveals a society of masters and slaves whose class affiliation seems to have arisen by accident and can change at any time. The musical material was devised at a student workshop held in 1971 under the direction of Maderna and the American opera producer Ian Strasfogel. The composer created a work that is loud, obscene and coarse, but at the same time full of vitality and with many quotations from well-known operas. In five different languages, the characters converse in a cheerful and fatalistic manner while crawling through the gutters of their own dignity.

Complete Cast

A co-production with
the Salzburg Easter Festival
and the Teatro Comunale
Luciano Pavarotti in Modena for the Dresden version

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Selected Performance Premiere

  • Saturday 13 Oct 2018
  • Starting Time 6 pm
  • End 7.20 pm
  • Running Time 1 hour 20 minutes

  • Venue Semper Zwei

Free introductory talk

  • 30 minutes before the performance at Semper Zwei

Cast

A co-production with
the Salzburg Easter Festival
and the Teatro Comunale
Luciano Pavarotti in Modena for the Dresden version

Selected Performance

  • Wednesday 17 Oct 2018
  • Starting Time 7 pm
  • End 8.20 pm
  • Running Time 1 hour 20 minutes

  • Venue Semper Zwei

Free introductory talk

  • 30 minutes before the performance at Semper Zwei

Cast

A co-production with
the Salzburg Easter Festival
and the Teatro Comunale
Luciano Pavarotti in Modena for the Dresden version

Selected Performance

  • Thursday 18 Oct 2018
  • Starting Time 7 pm
  • End 8.20 pm
  • Running Time 1 hour 20 minutes

  • Venue Semper Zwei

Free introductory talk

  • 30 minutes before the performance at Semper Zwei

Cast

A co-production with
the Salzburg Easter Festival
and the Teatro Comunale
Luciano Pavarotti in Modena for the Dresden version

Sold out

Selected Performance

  • Saturday 20 Oct 2018
  • Starting Time 5 pm
  • End 6.20 pm
  • Running Time 1 hour 20 minutes

  • Venue Semper Zwei

Free introductory talk

  • 30 minutes before the performance at Semper Zwei

Cast

A co-production with
the Salzburg Easter Festival
and the Teatro Comunale
Luciano Pavarotti in Modena for the Dresden version