Opera in three acts (1938)
Music by Werner Egk
Libretto by Werner Egk
based on the dramatic poem (1876) on the same name by Henrik Ibsen
Director Peter Konwitschny
In German with German surtitles
Production of Theater an der Wien
Premiere: 17. 2. 2017
Werner Egk composed Peer Gynt in 1937/38 as a commission from the Berlin State Opera where he had been engaged as principal conductor since 1936. Henrik Ibsen's fantastical play about a feckless egomaniac's search for the meaning of life gave Egk the opportunity to write a varied score in which — stylistically close to Kurt Weill — he incorporated elements such as the Charleston, the tango, muted trumpets and the saxophone which were actually things the National Socialists disapproved of at the time. Despite this, the opera received the endorsement of the regime: Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels appeared to like it. Egk succeeded in continuing his career after 1945, and his operas remained in the repertoire. From a musical standpoint, Peer Gynt is worth a closer look, possessing as it does a unique musical language: colourful mood paintings, strong characterisations and evocation of the realm of the trolls that uses trenchant rhythms and elements of satire to create thrilling musical theatre.
As of June 15, 2016 ticket sale at the box-offices (Theater an der Wien, Wien-Ticket Pavillon) as well as telephone and online booking for performances until December 31, 2016. Tickets for performances as of January 1, 2017 will be available as of September 1, 2016.