Zauberland ©Rob Pinney 2016


1518 October 2019
The performances last about 1 hour 30 minutes; there is no interval.
Linbury Theatre
Opera and music

As the Middle East blazes with conflict, a young woman waits at a European border, hoping to cross over to Zauberland – a magic land of peace and security. But when she falls asleep, she dreams of the burnt-out city she has been forced to leave behind. The Royal Opera’s relationship with director Katie Mitchell and writer Martin Crimp (Written on Skin and Lessons in Love and Violence) moves to the Linbury Theatre with a new dramatic piece for soprano, piano and four actors. Crimp and composer Bernard Foccroulle have created 16 new songs that are performed alongside Robert Schumann and Heinrich Heine’s Dichterliebe, opening up a dialogue between the 19th century and today.

Suitable for ages 12+

This production features adult themes

Sung in German and English with English surtitles
Thanks to

Lyrical Creation Fund (SACD)

A co-production with

C.I.C.T. – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord

Co-commission and co-production with La Monnaie/De Munt, Brussels; Opéra de Lille; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., New York; Opéra de Rouen Normandie; University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and Le Cercle des Partenaires des Bouffes du Nord



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