Chor der Deutschen Oper am Rhein
CHORAL PARTS OF DRAMATIC POWER
“Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix,” the beautiful Dalila sings in order to seduce the victorious Samson. Opera experts know that this comes from the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns’ only opera to be successful on the dramatic stage. ‘Samson und Dalila’ was in fact conceived as an oratorio, and traces of this remain in the version adapted into an opera. The action is dominated by scenic tableaux in which the chorus features as a protagonist. For our Opera Chorus Saint-Saëns’ opera is a dream role and one that until now had never been staged at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg.
The Chorus is also looking forward to the new production of ‘La Bohème’ with our very own director Philipp Westerbarkei, which will be followed in December 2019 by Vincenzo Bellini’s great belcanto opera ‘I puritani’. Here the title of the piece is an indication that the chorus is one of the protagonists, working together with the soloists to fulfil Bellini’s wish: “The opera has to make people cry, fill them with horror and make them die through song.”
From Southern England, where ‘I puritani’ is set, at the end of the season we travel to Scotland, where the ladies of the chorus play witches and the entire chorus rises up against Macbeth as Birnam Wood.
After ‘Rigoletto’, ‘Luisa Miller’, ‘La traviata’, ‘Aida’, ‘Don Carlo’ and ‘Otello’ Michael Thalheimer’s new production of Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’ adds to the extensive repertoire of the great Italian opera composer’s works at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.
Together with numerous revivals and transfers of ‘Lohengrin’, ‘Roméo et Juliette’ and ‘Queen of Spades’, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Chorus works across a comprehensive musical landscape ranging from ‘L’Enfant et les Sortilèges’ to ‘Götterdämmerung’. Chorus Director Gerhard Michalski and Patrick Francis Chestnut, who has conducted with great verve and enthusiasm in his first year as Deputy Chorus Director, see this as a positive indication that the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Chorus can once again demonstrate its leading status amongst German opera choruses.