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Der goldene Drache - PPCM Academy

As part of the cooperation with the CAMPUS program of the Musiktheater an der Wien, students of the PPCM Academy will work on the music theater production The Golden Dragon by Peter Eötvös and participate in a master class with the composer.

On 14 February 2023, the chamber opera The Golden Dragon by Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös celebrates its premiere at the Wiener Kammeroper. As part of the cooperation with the CAMPUS programme of the Musiktheater an der Wien, participants of the PPCM Academy, under the direction of Walter Kobèra, have the opportunity to participate in the performances of this music theater production.

Since 2009, Klangforum Wien has held a collective professorship at the Kunstuniversität Graz (KUG) and is dedicated to passing on forms of expression and playing techniques to a new generation of artists in the specialized master's programme "Performance Practice in Contemporary Music" (PPCM).

Together with the soloists Camilla Saba Davies and Felix Heuser from the vocal studies programme of the PPCM, the young musicians will work on this opera production with ensemble members of Klangforum Wien. In addition, the students will have the opportunity to study with composer Peter Eötvös in a master class and immerse themselves in his work, musical language and sound design.

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The Golden Dragon (Der Goldene Drache)

The opera is based on the play of the same name by Roland Schimmelpfennig, (premiered in 2009 at the Vienna Akademietheater). Jan Eßinger directs the Viennese premiere of the opera.

While Thai soup no. 6 is being consumed in The Golden Dragon Thai-Chinese-Vietnamese restaurant, dramas are being played out in the kitchen at the back. A Chinese with no residence permit but with toothache, his missing sister, two exhausted stewardesses, a frustrated old man from the second floor and the miserly ant who forces the cricket into prostitution: in his chamber opera Der goldene Drache (The Golden Dragon), that premiered in 2014, Peter Eötvös presents a potpourri of global milieus. The opera’s narrative trick: two female singers and three male singers play all 17 roles following the example of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s play that premiered at the Akademietheater in 2009. Men play women, Asians play Europeans, older people play youngsters and vice versa. The Hungarian composer scored great successes in Vienna with operas Die Drei Schwestern (Three Sisters) and Angels in America, and is one of the most frequently performed contemporary opera composers.

Further information, performance dates and tickets on the Theater an der Wien website:

Musicians (Klangforum Wien * / PPCM Academy **)

Gregory Chalier, flutes **
Markus Deuter, oboe, cor anglais *
Heather Ryall, clarinets **
Cristian Molina, clarinets **
Lorelei Dowling, bassoon, contraforte *
Jason Pfiester, horn
Markus Schwind, trumpet
Nikola Vukovic, trumpet **
Pablo Marin-Reyes, trombone
Björn Wilker, percussion *
Reed Puleo, percussion **
Samira Spiegel, violin **
Dimitrios Polisoidis, viola *
Irati Leoz Goni, violoncello **
Philipp Kienberger, double bass

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