The Passion of Joan of Arc
The Passion of Joan of Arc
A saint in a warlike era. Young Joan, a French village girl, becomes commander of the French troops against the English in the Hundred Years’ War. The famous 1928 film The Passion of Joan of Arc by Carl Theodor Dreyer does not tell the whole story: it portrays neither the vision of the shepherd girl nor the political constellation at the French court. Dreyer concentrates entirely on Joan of Arc’s trial before the Court of Inquisition and uses haunting images to show how the young woman becomes an object of political interest and is eventually crushed between the millstones of history.
Dreyer’s filmic narrative rests entirely on facial expressions, which are usually shown in close-up. Johannes Kalitzke’s new film opera extends Dreyer’s classic using opera scenes with texts by Kristine Tornquist. The intermezzi build a bridge to the present by asking questions about the limits of inspiration and fanaticism. Kalitzke’s film opera is based on the silent movie and adds much more than just new music: it questions the background to the story, exploring its potential for turmoil and insight.
In addition to having composed five operas since 2011, Johannes Kalitzke has also written several orchestral scores for expressionist silent film-, most recently the celebrated score Warning Shadows (2016) for a film by Arthur Robison (1923). Thanks to Johannes Kalitzke’s score, the film acquired considerable power and drama. Eleven musicians ignited a firework of emotion. Anyone who had not yet understood what contemporary music can achieve was treated to an impressive example. (WAZ). Joan of Arc is Johannes Kalitzke’s first film opera. Kalitzke, one of the most sought-after conductors of new music, will conduct the world premiere of Jeanne d’Arc himself. This year, the Carinthian Summer Music Festival is realizing a concert version – with orchestra, choir, soloists and movie screen in the Congress Center Villach. In 2021 the scenic realisation of the new church film opera follows.

The concert is supported by the BKS Bank.

Commissioned by Carinthian Sommer Music Festival, funded by

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