As a follow-up to the successful production ‘Die tote Stadt’ from 2019, the Nederlandse Reisopera is programming another opera by Erich Wolfgang Korngold this season. The leading role is played by none other than the internationally renowned Dutch soprano Annemarie Kremer. For this Reisopera performance, a whole new orchestral arrangement is made by Fergus McAlpine.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Das Wunder der Heliane
Arrangement: Fergus McAlpine
Director: Jakob Peters-Messer
Choreography: Nicole van den Berg
Decor & Lighting Design: Guido Petzold
Costume Design: Tanja Liebermann
Heliane: Annemarie Kremer
Der Fremde: Tilmann Unger
Der Herrscher: Darren Jeffery
Die Botin: Martina Mikelic
Der Pfoertner: Yorck Felix Speer
Der blinde Schwertrichter: Paul McNamara
Der junge Mann: Hugo Kampschreur
Richter 1: Sander de Jong
Richter 2: Gurgen Baveyan
Richter 3: Wiebe-Pier Cnossen
Richter 4: Lucas van Lierop
Engel: Nicole van den Berg
Chorus: Consensus Vocalis
Orchestra: Noord Nederlands Orkest
This new version of Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane was written to further promote this absolute masterpiece, in a way that suits the modern opera scene. The new version preserves the work’s unparalleled power and majesty, while making the piece more logistically viable.
The real challenge of this work was to preserve all the orchestral colours that makes Korngold’s sound so unique, so this resulted in creating an opera with a flexible instrumentation. By opening up the options of performing the work either with nearly the same forces as the original version, or with an orchestra of half the number of musicians, this allows the work to enter the repertoire of a greater number of small theatres and festivals, thereby allowing the work to be seen by a greater number of audiences for the future.
Many thanks to the Nederlandse Reisopera, Schott Music and the members of the Korngold Estate for making this version of Heliane possible.