Already for the 4th time you can experience a very special opera pleasure in our atmospheric, historical Knights' Hall.
"The Old Maid and the Thief"
italoamerican composers Gian Carlo Menotti
The one-act play is a social comedy, love story and a small opera thriller all in one:
Miss Todd (in our version "Fraul'n Beck"), an old maid, is an honorary parishioner and president of several charities. One day, the tramp Bob is at her door. Fraul'n Beck and her maid Laetitia immediately find him charming. And even though the chatty neighbor Miss Pinkerton (we call her "Fraul'n Rebernigg") tells them that there is an escaped criminal in the area whose description fits Bob perfectly, the two take him in. And even more: they do everything to make him stay...
So "The Old Maid and the Thief" tells the story of an elderly lady who risks everything for a second spring, and a mysterious villain who is really just a man who loves his freedom. And that of a small employee with a big dream of escaping the tightness of the small town.
A constellation in which there can be more than just winners: Whose wishes will be fulfilled in the end?
A special treat of this production: the title role of Miss Todd is embodied by a man for the first time!
The role of Laetitia will be interpreted by the London-based soprano Iza Kopec. The internationally successful Carinthian countertenor Armin Gramer will embody Miss Beck. Also this year there will be a reunion with the Carinthian baritone Johannes Hanel in the role of the vagrant Bob.
The staging and adaptation of the piece will be done by Ulla Pilz, known from countless music theatre productions, as well as from O1, who will also be singing a part this year. She will be on stage as Fräulein Rebernig. For the musical direction, once again Nana Masutani from Japan could be won over.
Gian Carlo Menotti was born on Lake Lugano in 1911 and fell in love with opera at an early age; at the age of eleven he wrote one for puppet theatre. At 17 he moved to the USA where he spent the rest of his life. He describes himself as a composer with an Italian brain and an American heart and combines the most beautiful influences of both countries in his music like no other: Italian melodiousness meets American entertainment. With this combination, he is also the only composer to succeed in being performed both at the Met and on Broadway.
This very special performance promises an opera pleasure for pampered ears and thus an unusual, unforgettable evening at the ruins of Aggstein Castle!
At the castle box office: daily 9:00 - 18:00
Euro 25,00 / 20,00 advance booking Euro 23,00 / 18,00
Onlinebooking will be availible soon