Date(s) of Performance

11/1/13 - 11/3/13



Directed by

Jan Fabre

Created by

Jan Fabre


Singers: Lies Vandewege (soprano), Hans Peter Janssens (tenor); Performers: Silke Muys, Anne Maria Pajunen, Solène Weinachter, Gustav Koenigs, Nikolaus Barton, Annabelle Chambon, Cédric Charron, Ivana Jozic, Kurt Vandendriessche, Fabienne Joanne Vegt; Orchestra (recorded): Flanders Opera Symphony Orchestra; Musical Ensemble (recorded): Nico Declerck (harmonium), Jadranka Gasparovic (cello), Lydia Kavina (theremin)


Inspired by Richard Wagner’s 13 operatic masterpieces, Jan Fabre is putting his own shocking spin on the composer’s 200th birthday, documenting the friendship and dramatic feud between Wagner and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Racing from humor to horror across the span of Wagner’s works, the piece features extremely graphic imagery and standout vocal performances from tenor Hans Peter Janssens and soprano Lies Vandeweghe. In collaboration with writer Stefan Hertmans and German composer Moritz Eggert, Jan Fabre has constructed a stunning piece of art that is part opera, part theater, and not for the faint of heart.


Theatre and Performance Studies



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Tragedy of a Friendship

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