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048 BE RGE N INTE RNAT I ON AL FE STIVAL 2016 FOU N DAT ION S FOU N DAT I ON S Premiere G RIE G H A L L E N G RIE G SA L E N DAT E / T IME B E RG E N IN T E RN AT ION A L F E ST IVA L 2 01 6 04 9 Verklärte Nacht/ Erwartung Saturday 28 May at 18:00 DU RAT ION Duration 1:10 L A N G UAG E Performed in German, subtitled in Norwegian Two staged masterpieces in a musical and moral borderland. OT H E R How does one describe a moment in a woman’s life where she desperately seeks through the forest for the man she loves? How does one capture the feelings that rage through her body? Introduct ion in Danish by Henrik Engelbrecht at 17:15 T IC K E T Standard: 190–490 Under 30: 150 Festival Card: 30 % discount BT Fordel: 25 % discount Arnold Schönberg’s Erwartung stretches this moment into thirty passionate minutes. In this Bergen International Festival, Bergen National Opera and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra production, the soprano Allison Cook and British video artist Netia Jones takes us on a visual journey in Schönberg’s disquieting soundscape. Erwartung is one of the most dramatic monologues in music history and has served as a source of inspiration for Netia Jones. She has been named the most imaginative opera director in Great Britain, and many will remember her staging of the BNO production Marco Polo at the 2013 Bergen International Festival. The psychological monodrama is a sharp contrast to the beautiful Verklärte Nacht. Here we meet the late romantic Schönberg and the atmosphere is brought on by the whole string section together with Jones’ video art. Forest 048 #FE STSPILLEN E16 and moonlight plays a key role in this piece inspired by Richard Dehmel’s poem by the same name. We join a woman into the forest where she shares her dark secret with her new boyfriend – she carries another man’s child. Verklärte Nacht caused a stir in its time. The text shows contempt towards the moral damnation of sexual urges, and the work points to a musical crossroads and moves into the borderland of tonality. Netia Jones director Marie Pappenheim libretto (Erwartung)​ Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Baldur Brönnimann conductor Allison Cook soloist (Erwartung) ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG (1874–1951) Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 Erwartung, Op. 17 A co-production by Bergen International Festival, Bergen National Opera and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. W W W.F IB.N O 04 9