Following the success of Die tote Stadt, Nederlandse Reisopera brings another opera by Enrich Wolfgang Korngold. The lead is interpreted by the international renowned Dutch soprano Annemarie Kremer.
Korngold’s fourth opera Das Wunder der Heliane was without a doubt his most ambitious project. The libretto seems a bit bizarre, but you need see it through the eyes of someone from the 1920’s. It is a fiercely symbolic story, entirely in the spirit of the Interbellum, captured by Korngold in decadent and swaggering music. The mysterious, unearthly, extra-natural, the divine, the magnified emotions and the unconcealed eroticism: it all suited the era.
The opera revolves around a woman who breaks or gains magic by finding true love, respectively. Heliane becomes fascinated by The Stranger, who is sentenced to death by her husband The Ruler for bringing cheer among his people. As a last wish, Heliane grants him a glimpse of her naked body and gets so compromised as a result that she has to answer to The Blind Chief Justice. In the perils of the investigation, The Stranger stabs himself. If Heliane is truly innocent of adultery, she will find powers to revive The Stranger reads the verdict. This succeeds, but the jealous Ruler stabs his wife after the miracle after which she sails to heaven with The Stranger. True love has conquered.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Nicole van den Berg
Jac van Steen
Noord Nederlands Orkest