Paul Hindemith, one of the embattled angry young men of the 1920s, triumphantly returns to Opera Antwerpen to blow the roof off with his intense, radical opera Cardillac. This will be your only chance to see Cardillac in the coming two years, so don't miss out!
Back in its day, Cardillac was quickly banned as an example of entartete Kunst, and has rarely been performed since.
Yet, it is a fascinating work: simultaneously a spine-tingling whodunnit about a killer jeweller, and a parable about an artist who cannot let go of his works. An intelligent, finely wrought opera, with not a single superfluous note. Hindemith's austere music is exceptionally to-the-point and perfectly captures the dramatic situation.
The libretto, based on an early crime novella by E.T.A. Hoffmann, tells a timeless story. A modern metropolis is plagued by mysterious crimes – unsolved murders have the people terrified and the authorities resort to drastic measures.
It is against this backdrop that the story of the jeweller Cardillac unfolds. He cannot abandon his art and becomes a murderer.
Cardillac is a gripping thriller story, at the same time as offering a nod to the contemporary world of Antwerp jewellers.
The cast & crew
General director Aviel Cahn retrieved Cardillac from obscurity and placed this gem of an opera in the hands of Guy Joosten – known for his lucid, probing interpretations – and conductor and aficionado of the genre Dmitri Jurowski. If Hindemith were alive today, he would surely have approved of this team.
In Cardillac, the leading role will be performed by the British baritone Simon Neal, who previously dazzled in Calixto Bieito's production of Mahagonny.
It will be the sole production of Cardillac in the coming two years in Europe. You won't want to miss it, so come to Antwerp, starting from February 3rd!
Opera Antwerpen is easily accessible by public transport and is close by the Antwerpen-Centraal railway station. There are direct trains from Brussels as well as the National Airport in Zaventem.
Naturally, there are abundant choices for an overnight stay in Antwerp. Two options within walking distance of the opera are the Lindner Hotel and the Quality Hotel Antwerpen
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