Ensembles of the Luzerner Theater and the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) et al.


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Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

10.08.-12.09. 2021





    Ensembles of the Luzerner Theater and the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) et al.

    Ensemble of the Lucerne Theatre  
    Stefan Schreiber  musical direction
    Lydia Steier  staging
    Sophia Schneider  set and costumes
    Barbara Lenartz  set and costumes
    Jennifer Mosen  set and costumes
    Mauricio Kagel (1931–2008)
    staged composition for singers, actors, dancers, and instrumentalists

    Swiss premiere 

    A co-production of the Luzerner Theater with Lucerne Festival

    The premiere of Staatstheater 50 years ago at the Hamburg State Opera was scandalous: the Argentinean-German composer Mauricio Kagel breaks with many theatrical traditions on the grand state opera stage and instead of telling a straightforward story makes playing and the theatrical apparatus itself the subject. The master of instrumental theater brings instrumentalists, singers, and chorus together in a large-scale composition that must be reassembled in each performance from a kind of scene construction kit. If in the 1970s the piece had an aura of iconoclasm and turmoil, today we can see Staatstheater as a celebration of the possibilities of theater. At the start of Ina Karr’s directorship at the Luzerner Theater, the stage director Lydia Steier will illuminate all of these possibilities with her team and the ensembles in a large collage: urban space and stage space will blur, as opera characters appear in unusual contexts. And Kagelian non-sense meets ghosts from the rich tradition of theater. 

    With friendly support of the Arthur Waser Foundation

    Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO)

    With the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra — LFCO for short — Lucerne Festival has launched a new orchestra this year: an orchestra of excellence for the performance of new and contemporary music. The LFCO thus forms a counterpart to the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and focuses on 20th- and 21st-century scores, from modern classics to commissioned works that are premiered in Lucerne. The international members of the LFCO have all benefited from training at the Lucerne Festival Academy, which was initiated by Pierre Boulez and is now directed by Wolfgang Rihm. Thanks to its close ties to the Academy and its network, the LFCO is able to play a pioneering role in the performance of contemporary music and in the development of forward-looking concert formats. Through its projects, it exploits the possibilities of new technologies; interdisciplinary work gives rise to novel listening and concert experiences. The LFCO can be heard in numerous performances at the Lucerne Summer Festival, as well as at Lucerne Festival Forward in November — and, of course, at guest performances all over the world. In its first summer, the LFCO collaborates with conductors Heinz Holliger, Lin Liao, Johanna Malangré, and Ilan Volkov, presenting music by composers ranging from Stravinsky and Webern to Boulez and Xenakis, as well as premieres by Amarouch, Colţea, Milenko, Vaughan, and composer-in-residence Rebecca Saunders. The musicians will join Patricia Kopatchinskaja to perform the staged concert Bye-Bye Beethoven. They will also participate in performances of Kagel’s Staatstheater at the Luzerner Theater.

    July 2021

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