Orest quarrels with destiny

Manfred Trojahn‘s opera „Orest“ in Zurich

In his opera “Orest” the composer Manfred Trojahn deals with the tragedy of the Atreides. Unlike his fanaticised sister Elektra, who demands justice at any price, Orestes quarrels with destiny after the brutal deed. He feels guilty, even though the god Apollo commanded him to commit the murder and he was merely blindly following orders. Orestes exemplifies the conflict between external control and self-determination, making him a politically and psychologically controversial figure not only for the 20th-century philosophy of freedom, but also for the present day. At the end of Trojahn’s opera, Orestes refuses to remain in the cycle of murder. He understands that he must live with his guilt in order to escape the constraints of his family. It is love that leads him to this realisation.

With his scorchingly intense, concentrated world of sound, the composer Manfred Trojahn succeeds in bringing the viewer into close proximity with the madness playing out in Orestes’ head.

The first performance of Trojahn’s opera in Amsterdam was voted “Première of the Year 2012” by the journal “Opernwelt” magazine. Hans Neuenfels, a master in his field, will be staging his first production at Zurich Opera House. (photo: Dietlind Konold)

Manfred Trojahn
Orest. Music Theatre
Swiss Premiere: 26.2.2017
Conductor: Erik Nielsen, Director: Hans Neuenfels, Stage design: Katrin Connan, Costumes: Andrea Schmidt-Futterer
Further performances: 2.3., 7.3., 10.3., 12.3., 19.3., 24.3.2017
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