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Tragedy of a Friendship

November 3, 2013, 3:00 pm
Location Alexander Kasser Theater
PremiereAmerican PremiereArtistJan Fabre | TroubleynTickets

3 hours, 10 minutes - no intermission
Performed in English and German with English Supertitles

Concept, Direction, and Scenography by Jan Fabre
Text by Stefan Hertmans
Music by Moritz Eggert
Featuring a recorded score performed by the Flanders Opera Symphony Orchestra

Inspired by Richard Wagner’s 13 operatic masterpieces, Jan Fabre is putting his own shocking spin on the composer’s 200th birthday, documenting the friendship and dramatic feud between Wagner and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Racing from humor to horror across the span of Wagner’s works, the piece features extremely graphic imagery and standout vocal performances from tenor Hans Peter Janssens and soprano Lies Vandewege. In collaboration with writer Stefan Hertmans and German composer Moritz Eggert, Jan Fabre has constructed a stunning piece of art that is part opera, part theatre, and not for the faint of heart.

This production contains graphic imagery and content. It is recommended only for those with strong stomachs, and a taste for the bizarre.

Round-trip weekend bus service available from Manhattan.
NJ Transit runs direct from NYC for all weekday performances.
Convenient parking available via the Red Hawk Deck.

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Produced by Vlaamse Opera and Troubleyn | Jan Fabre. Co-produced by Concertgebouw Brugge, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Opéra de Lille, Geneva Wagner Festival and Holland Festival.