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After the successful Danish premiere of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West (August 2009), The Danish National Opera once again presents, in August 2010, a masterpiece from the great opera repertoire that people have not previously been able to experience in Denmark: Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Die tote Stadt. With its extremely expressive style the opera is a milestone in the late-romantic German opera repertoire after Wagner and Strauss. The music as well as the dramaturgy point towards the great epic movies which became the popular art form of the 20th century.

“Die tote Stadt is about the loneliness of deep sorrow, about the dark side of life when we are struck by an existential crisis where the meaning of life and death itself fills and tortures our soul. Never has this theme been more present or relevant than in our seeming welfare society”, Artistic Director Giordano Bellincampi states. Hallucinations, thrills and reality get tangled up in this surreal drama of one of the 20th century’s most breathtaking operas. “With its intense, psychological plot and ingenious music Die tote Stadt is a performance worth experiencing”, Bellincampi ends.


First performance Hamburg and Cologne on December 4, 1920
Duration C. 3 hours incl. interval
The opera is sung in German with Danish Surtitles


Erich Wolfgang Korngold


Paul Schott (Erich Wolfgang og Julius Korngold)


Jaroslav Kyzlink

Director and stage designer

Mikael Melbye

Projection designer

Wendall Harrington

Lighting designer

Anja Myung Hansen

Costume designer

Deirdre Clancy


Marie Brolin-Tani

Marietta, dancer / Marie's revelation

Ann Petersen

Frank, Paul's friend

Jørn Pedersen

Brigitta, Paul's housekeeper

Anette Bod

Juliette, a dancer in Marietta's troupe

Elsebeth Dreisig

Lucienne, a dancer in Marietta's troupe

Trine Bastrup Møller

Victorin, the director in Marietta's troupe

Jan Lund

Fritz / Pierrot in Marietta's troupe

Daniel Hällström

Count Albert

Jens Krogsgaard


Ahmad Salhi


The Chorus of the Danish National Opera

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