Tannhäuser and the Minstrels' Contest at the Wartburg //
Opera in three acts by Richard Wagner (Vienna version of 1875)
The minstrel Tannhäuser returns to the court of the Wartburg. He stuns the assembled company with his confession of having loved the notorious Venus. He even claims that the sensual love of Venus is superior to the devoted love bestowed upon him by Elisabeth, the Thuringian Landgrave's niece. Tannhäuser is banished for his remarks and forced to repent by going on a pilgrimage to Rome. If the Pope forgives him, then he may return to their established society. However, Tannhäuser and Elisabeth are fated never to see each other again.
In this piece, Richard Wagner shows that true art also draws inspiration from the dark, amoral, "scandalous" niches of human coexistence. The minstrel Tannhäuser, who is bound to artistic truth, finds himself doomed to be an outcast of society as long as it fails to recognise the dark side of existence.
The director Maximilian von Mayenburg has made a name for himself in recent years as a talented interpreter of the opera repertoire with a sure instinct for theatrical staging. In Weimar, he directed G.A. Albrecht's "The Snow Queen".
At the conductor's podium is General Music Director Kirill Karabits, whose both sensitive and expressive conducting style greatly contributed to the extraordinary success of Weimar's "Meistersinger" premiere.
Maximilian von Mayenburg (Regie)
Stephan Prattes (Bühne)
Ursula Kudrna (Kostüme)
Markus Oppeneiger (Chor und Extrachor)
Hans-Georg Wegner (Dramaturgie)