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Performances of Erkki-Sven Tüür’s opera „Wallenberg“ in Germany

Erkki-Sven Tüür
Photo: Taavi Kull

In July, Erkki-Sven Tüür’s opera Wallenberg will be staged in Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe with Tobias Schabel and Lucas Harbour in the main role. Conductor is Johannes Willig, director Tobias Kratzer, stage design and costumes are created by Rainer Sellmaier. Other roles will be sung by Stefanie Schaefer, Tiny Peters, Christina Bock, Sarah Alexandra Hudarew, Rebecca Raffell, Ina Schlingensiepen, Renatus Meszar, Luiz Molz, Matthias Wohlbrecht, Edward Gauntt, Max Friedrich Schäffer, Florian Kontschak, Klaus Schneider, Lucas Harbour, Alexander Huck, Andrew Finden and others.

Performances will take place on July 7, 11, 13 and 18.

Opera performances are accompanied by an extensive exhibition and public meetings. On July 1, an exhibition about Raoul Wallenberg’s life and work will be opened at Ständehaus Karlsruhe. An hour before the premiere, introduction will be made by Wallenberg researchers Christoph Gann and Jens Hensel. After every performance, Tobias Kratzer and chief dramaturg Dr. Bernd Feuchtner will host the public discussions.

Opera in two acts on the libretto by Lutz Hübner tells a story of a Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg who saved 100 000 jews from German concentration camps. Opera's first performance took place in Dortmund in 2001. In Estonian National Opera, the opera was premiered in 2007 (director Dmitri Bertman) and received the Cultural Prize of the Republic of Estonia and Annual Award of Estonian Theatre in the category of musical stagings.