This Sunday, Matthias Pintscher makes his conducting debut at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden with the World Premiere of Beat Furrer’s New Opera Violetter Schnee.
“The world is in a state of emergency. Five people are trapped in perpetual snowdrifts. Time appears to stand still. Will this ever end? Jacques remains apart in the middle of the group, affirming the snowfall and the nothingness that he dedicates himself to – by holding a dialogue with the snow in agreement with its uncanny effects. Peter und Silvia, by contrast, are gloomy, fearful and pessimistic. Jan and Natascha attempt to keep a perspective, continue to hope and remain active, believing that a new era will come. The ability to communicate becomes visibly more difficult for all of them. What happens namelessly alienates all of them: they have no language for it. When a stranger appears and speaks – Tanja, who moves through the landscape as if she were in a picture – she initially triggers euphoria, followed by deep isolation.”
You can read more about the performances here and watch a teaser trailer for the production below.
Highlights of the 2018/19 season so far have included debuts at the Edinburgh International Festival with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Upcoming debuts include the Boulez Ensemble with Daniel Barenboim and Matthias will also appear with the Chicago Symphony, New World Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras and make his subscription debut with the New York Philharmonic. Matthias will also be the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Artist in Residence and Tonhalle Creative Chair for the 2018/19 season.