Monday, April 18, 2016

André Morsch in sex-themed REIGEN in Stuttgart

André Morsch in REIGEN
Oper Stuttgart is reviving Philippe Boesmans’ REIGEN in celebration of the Belgian composer's 80th birthday. In 1993, he paired up with director Luc Bondy and turned Arthur Schnitzler’s controversial drama into an opera.

The 1900 play La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler's created a bit of a scandal when it was first published. The play depicts men and women of various social classes through ten sexual encounters that work their way like a relay back to the same prostitute who is seen in the first encounter. Although the play spoke about class and society in turn-of-the-century Vienna, it is also a universal story about the attitudes, tensions and relationships between the sexes. The circular narrative speaks first the prostitute and the soldier, then the soldier and the chambermaid, the chambermaid and a young man, until finally the Count meets up again with the prostitute.  

Oper Stuttgart's trailer for REIGEN:

The Count in this production is sung by André Morsch, who only appeared briefly on this site on a post about Don Giovanni. The German singer began his studies in Austria before moving on to the Amsterdam Conservatory and The New Opera Academy in The Hague. He was the winner of the prestigious 'Internationaler Wettbewerb für Liedkunst' in Stuttgart where he also received the Hermann- Reutter- Prize after previously winning the Prix Bernac at the Ravel Academie in Saint Jean de Luz.

André Morsch sings Schumann, Fauré and Ravel:

Since September 2011, he has been a member of the ensemble at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, where he has sung Figaro in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Papageno in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Harlekin in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos and Dandini in Rossini's La Cenerentola. In 2005 he was part of Le jardin des Voix, led by William Christie and Les Arts Florissants. He appears on a number of CDs and DVDs, including a performance of title role in Lully’s Cadmus et Hermione at the Opera Comique in Paris, which won the 2009 Diapason d'Or as DVD of the year.

You can watch REIGEN online beginning on May 6 at The Opera Platform. Live performances run from April 24 through June 6 and tickets are available online.

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