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Wolfgang Rihm Dionysus

An Opera Fantasy
Text by Wolfgang Rihm based on Friedrich Nietzsche's Dionysus Dithyrambs

World premiere
In German with German and English surtitles

Coproduction with De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam, and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin


  • 27 July 2010, 19:30


  • 27 July 2010, 19:30


  • 30 July 2010, 20:00
  • 05 August 2010, 20:00
  • 08 August 2010, 15:00

Print programme (PDF)


Ingo Metzmacher, Conductor
Pierre Audi, Stage Director
Jonathan Meese, Set Design
Jorge Jara, Costume Design
Jean Kalman, Lighting
Martin Eidenberger, Video
Klaus Bertisch, Dramaturgy
Jörn Hinnerk Andresen, Chorus master


Johannes Martin Kränzle, N.
Mojca Erdmann, First Soprano
Elin Rombo, Second Soprano
Matthias Klink, “A Guest” / Apollo
Virpi Räisänen, Mezzo-soprano
Julia Faylenbogen, Contralto
Uli Kirsch, “The Skin”

Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin


Friedrich Nietzsche’s late cycle of poems Dionysus-Dithyrambs is the inspiration and point of departure for Wolfgang Rihm’s latest music-theater work, which will have its world premiere at the Salzburg Festival. The director Pierre Audi, who has ample experience in working with visual artists, shows how the god of inebriation finds his way into the texts of the philosopher, already marked by madness, how his erotic, traumatized, platonic and pathological relationships with the most important women in his life can be revealed through music, motion and images, how the author himself, racked by illness and yet highly sensitized, becomes a theatrically exuberant event.
For the first time, Audi will collaborate with the visual inspiration of multi-talent Jonathan Meese, who has repeatedly dealt with the subject of Nietzsche before. His opulent and sometimes rigorously structured associations with Nietzsche make him a natural choice for this work. The composer develops a plot without wanting to follow a linear narrative structure – instead, he unfolds a kaleidoscope of images – an almost Dionysian action.

Klaus Bertisch