Opera as a satire on opera

World premiere in Bregenz: "Impresario Dotcom” by Ľubica Čekovská

Ľubica Čekovská’s opera "Impresario Dotcom" is a contemporary version of Goldoni's comedy "Impresario delle Smirne". At the Bregenz Festival the work will be premiered in a version which has been adapted to meet the requirements of the corona situation. The theatre as an image of the world: Carlo Goldoni's comedy is a turbulent work about the opera business, a satire about the vanities and abysses of the opera business, which not least exposed the merciless downside of the art world. He shows people who keep up an all-important facade and who become completely caught up in their hyped-up role patterns in order to cover up their precarious living conditions, ever keen to please and succeed.

Ľubica Čekovská‘s opera based on a libretto by Laura Olivi is set in the present day. Six people - five singers and an agent - are looking for a sponsor. The five protagonists Olympia, Violetta, Carmen, Tamino and Orfeo come from all over the world. The inherent tragedies of the characters resonate with the protagonists. "We all play roles in our lives," says Ľubica Čekovská, "and it's all about who we are and who the people behind us are."

20./21.8.2020 Bregenz (Bregenz Festival)
World premiere: Ľubica Čekovská: Impresario Dotcom. Sogno di un' Europa di mezza estate. Opera buffa in four pictures. Libretto by Laura Olivi after Carlo Goldoni's "The Impresario of Smyrna" (1761). In Italian with German surtitles. Commissioned by the Bregenz Festival and the Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava. Version for Bregenz 2020.
Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg, musical direction: Christopher Ward, stage direction: Elisabeth Stöppler, stage design: Hermann Feuchter, costumes: Nicole Pleuler