Karl und Anna – Opernpremiere

Spring 2021 @ Mainfranken Theater Würzburg/Germany will take place the world-premiere of Christoph Ehrenfellner’s 4th opera ‚Karl und Anna‘ op.48.

Roland Schimmelpfennig adapted a war-drama by Würzburg’s Nobel-prize-Winner Leonhard Frank for Christoph Ehrenfellner’s new opera. Using ways of ancient Greek storytelling with a choir as a commenting and exploring element of drama, Schimmelpfennig and Ehrenfellner explore the depths of human tragic as well as the power of love.

„simply sensational emerged Ehrenfellner’s tragicomical Opera ‚Mae Mona’…the music is clever, full of atmosphere and effect, long dramaturgic bows work just as well as haunting Ensemble-scenes!“

Rainer Elstner

Wiener Zeitung 29.5.2009

Libretti&more…

From the very beginning of Ehrenfellner’s dramatic composing onwards he was never shy to write his own texts. Both prior works, Mae Mona from 2009 and Judas from 2017, are composed on contrasting Ehrenfellner-libretti: a bizarre tragic-comedy and an epic drama on religion, revolution and human destiny worked well to create sensational reviews. With the commissions from Würzburg and Nordhausen a new era starts for Christoph Ehrenfellner: cooperation with libretto-authors. Interestingly, the archaic story Kain&Abel in a new dramatized version by Daniel Klajner (Nordhausen) is in contrast to Karl&Anna, an atmospheric work of poetry formed by Roland Schimmelpfennig (Würzburg), yet both texts are plunging their words into the formal elements of ancient Greek drama.

„Ehrenfellner is endued with a theatrical paw…!“

Wilhelm Sinkovicz

in Die Presse, 2009

Schimmelpfennig and Würzburg…

Roland Schimmelpfennig is well known also in Würzburg, where his drama ‚Der goldene Drache‘ on music by J.Widmann was heard in 2018. Prior he provided libretti for great Peter Eotvös and Christian Jost, both leading opera composers of our times. The story of Karl&Anna has a 20th-century Hungarian opera-exemple by Sandor Balassa, which might give an interesting counterpoint to this new Schimmelpfennig-Ehrenfellner version. At Mainfrankentheater Marzia Marzo, the Apulian Mezzosoprano, will sing the main character Anna, Silke Evers stages her mate Marie. The thrilling process of preparing a new musical drama is happening…now.

SIlke Evers – Mainfranken Theater Würzburg