Richard, Duke of Gloucester and brother of the king, uses murder and intrigue to pave his way to the English royal throne. Richard candidly tells his audience about his unscrupulous plans and why he has decided to be a villain. The story of the rise and fall of King Richard III, which William Shakespeare tells in his historical drama written in 1593, is a prime example of a despot who pushes his way to the top by force without having any political ideas beyond power. Director Kateryna Sokolova makes Richard's art of disguise the focus of her production: three performers, a singer, an actor and a dancer, play the multifaceted role of the power-hungry king. Shakespeare's drama and the music of English composer Henry Purcell form the basis of this music theater production, which Kateryna Sokolova is developing together with conductor Benjamin Bayl.
June 3 to 26, 2024, chamber opera
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 BachConsortVienna © Julia Wesely

BachConsortVienna © Julia Wesely