Sat 29.7.2017 / 20:00
Sun 30.7.2017 / 20:00
Thu 3.8.2017 / 20:00
Kristine Tornquist, stage direction
Conductor: Simeon Pironkoff
Nele Ellegiers, design
Hari Michlits, light design
Juliette Mars (Hemma)
Julia Koci (Kathi – Bedienstete, Tochter des Matschacher)
Andreas Jankowitsch (Graf Wilhelm – Hemmas Mann)
Sven Hjörleifsson (Wilhelm Hartwig – Sohn von Hemma und Graf Wilhelm – bzw. Erzbischof)
Jens Waldig (Matschacher – Grubenarbeiter)
Intelligence and unyieldingness are her tools as she puts up resistance to the violent and strict hierarchies of her times, embodied by her husband, the Count, and by the Archbishop. Although, unlike the hedonistic Count, she is politically far-sighted, she is unable to prevent the fateful miners’ riot…
Legend has it that Hemma of Gurk died in 1045. The Countess of the High Middle Ages, a relative of Emperor Henry II., married to Count Wilhelm of Friesach and the Sanngau, is almost a thousand years away from us. What little we know of her tells us that she overcame the losses in her life, such as the untimely death of her husband and sons, and became a wealthy and active woman who founded the monasteries of Gurk and Admont as well as numerous parish churches.
Franzobel (Franz Stefan Griebl), born in Vöcklabruck in 1967, is one of the most popular, productive and polarising Austrian writers. Franzobel’s literary oeuvre includes novels, novellas, dramas, children’s books and poems. He has been awarded numerous prizes, such as the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize (1995) and the Arthur Schnitzler Prize (2002). His latest publications included Was die Männer so treiben, wenn die Frauen im Badezimmer sind (2012) and the mystery novel Groschens Grab (2015). His novel Das Floß der Medusa appears in the spring of 2017.
Bruno Strobl is not only an experienced Carinthian composer and winner of many awards, but has also been the President of the Austrian chapter of the International Society of Contemporary Music for many years. He set the Franzobel libretto to music. Apart from many works for musical theatre, partly composed for neuebuehnevillach, he already has one church opera for the Carinthian Summer Festival standing to his credit. In the year 2012 the composer, who now lives in Vienna, used sparse artistic means as he composed Sara, a haunting work about a female figure in the Bible.
Hemma will be directed by Kristine Tornquist whose sirene Operntheater has become a well-established a platform for contemporary musical theatre which she has done several original productions with. She has specialised in staging operas in locations which were not always theatres throughout their history. Her work reflects the development and structures of these locations. It will be interesting to see how she incorporates the church interior in her mise-en-scène.
A commissioned work of the Carinthian Summer Festival and a coproduction of the Carinthian Summer Festival with Stadttheater Klagenfurt.
The performances in St. Andrä are made possible by the generous support of the town commune St. Andrä, the town parish of St. Andrä and the Catholic Church of Carinthia.