Bachtrack: NODO winds down with phenomenal Oresteia

Publikováno: 2.7.2016

During the second scene of Oresteia, baritone Holger Falk vacillated wildly between his deep, low range and a higher falsetto, flinging his voice to the edges of human possibility in his portrayal of Kassandra who, in spurning the Greek god Apollo, has acquired the gift of fortune-telling simultaneous with the curse of never being believed. Greek composer Iannis Xenakis composed and revised Oresteia, his only stage work, throughout the 1960s and 1980s. The rarely-performed opera was here presented in its Czech première in a stunning production directed by Jiří Nekvasil and with stage design by David Bazika. With visuals that were contemporary without being distracting, as well as expert performers lending expression and depth to Xenakis mathematical score, Aeschylus ancient Greek tragedy was brought to life onstage at the Jiřího Myrona theater on the final night of New Opera Days Ostrava. Despite the fact that few (if any) of the audience could understand the sung ancient Greek, the emotions of the characters, and particularly the desperation of Mr Falks Kassandra, came through with astonishing intensity. >>>

Rebecca Lentjes



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