Monday, July 31, 2017 - Start: 8:00 PM

Opera in four acts by Bernd Alois Zimmermann (Salzburg Festival 2012, Felsenreitschule – in German). A co-production by UNITEL and ZDF/3sat

The soldiers: Alvis Hermanis’ production from Bernd Alois Zimmermanns century-opera
The soldiers: Alvis Hermanis’ production from Bernd Alois Zimmermanns century-opera
Alvis Hermanis’ 2012 production of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher was a great challenge for all those involved – one they mastered with aplomb. The work, rightfully considered an “opera for the century”, was finally premiered after several postponements in 1965 in Cologne, and turned out to be a wild success. Audience and critics recognized the novelty and ground-breaking nature of the means of musical theatre employed here. “The story is set in French Flanders. In Lille and Armentiers. The time is yesterday, today and tomorrow. That is what the score says. It is impossible not to stumble over this. Yesterday, today and tomorrow. In other words, any day. Repeating eternally. Independent of the historical surroundings. How can that be? Bernd Alois Zimmermann believed that time had a spherical shape. That everything that ever happened and is yet to happen exists in parallel, next to each other. Now and forever. It is only our perception that makes us believe that things take place consecutively,” the conductor Ingo Metzmacher recounts in his book Vorhang auf! about Zimmermann’s masterwork, which he conducted in Salzburg for the first time in 2012.


Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher | Director: Alvis Hermanis | Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic | Duration: 122 minutes | Featuring: Alfred Muff (Wesener), Laura Aikin (Marie, his daughter), Tomasz Konieczny (Stolzius), Reinhard Mayr (Colonel), Daniel Brenna (Desportes), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Pirzel)