The 2010 season bears the motto “Where God and Man Collide, Tragedy Ensues”: “This time we are rather like archaeologists opening up a door and going down to explore and remind ourselves about the interrelated origins and contradictions of our history and of our civilisation. We want to try and find traces of what we still are nowadays and follow up memories. We also want to show how the ancient themes of tragedy are timeless and still relevant,” Artistic Director Jürgen Flimm sums up. The focus of the 2010 opera programme is on myths and their potential to symbolise elementary human experiences and situations. Among the highlights are Wolfgang Rihm’s latest musical theatre work Dionysos, a new production of Strauss’s Elektra, Alban Berg’s Lulu and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.
The drama programme contributes to the “myth” focus with Peter Stein’s production of Oedipus at Colonus with Klaus Maria Brandauer, as well as Racine’s Phaedra with Sunnyi Melles in the title role. The concert programme also explores Rihm’s œuvre, assembling a Continent around the probably most important German composer of our times – in addition, the Brahms Scenes will explore the emotional world of the great Romantic composer.
2010, however, is also the 90-year anniversary – the Festival itself has long become a myth during these nine decades, characterised by many artistic highlights and much excitement.