Orest (2013)

Trojahn

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, De Nederlandse Opera

Marc Albrecht

ENTANGLED IN GUILT 

Historically, this myth as told in the play Orestes by Euripides is often interpreted as propaganda for the transition to a patriarchal social order. Naturally, there are other interpretations that dispute this view. More than anything, I wanted to search for an explanation of the events that would overarch the sequences of an act and its revenge, one that would offer insight into factors that were always determined by external forces – that is to say, they were invented by gods – factors propelling the course of events. 
The background to Orestes’s actions is a political concept of which he is unaware. The tradition says that Orestes allows himself to be overwhelmed by this concept and sees the orders from the god Apollo – who represents the concept – as justification for his murders; his affinity with these orders is even so great that to his mind, they come from within him. Orestes is not a very likeable figure; he is utterly spineless. But this type of character – chameleonic, sometimes insecure – will often have a vision, perhaps clouded, poorly defined, unsteady, but all the same a vision that saps the strength of certain influences which might otherwise easily turn him into a puppet, a tool in the hands of third parties. 
Orestes alternates between allowing himself to be led by what is ordained by outside forces, accompanied by the prospect of rewards, and his vision, which makes him think that it must be possible to escape to a new light, a new life. But he makes one mistake: he thinks he can leave the guilt behind him – and he will not discover until much later that he must live with the guilt in order to conquer it. Orestes will realise this when he manages to look at the girl Hermione and not kill her, as his sister demands. When this happens, he is free to go and leave behind him the influence of conventions. 

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Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

With 130 musicians the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest orchestral organization in the Netherlands. Founded in 1985 as a merger of the Amsterdam Philharmonic, the Utrecht Symphony and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra continues the tradition of its predecessors in offering an attractive combination of accessible concert programs, in which works from the core repertoire are combined with contemporary music. The orchestra has a tradition in performing the music of Dutch composers and has commissioned and premiered works by Andriessen, Loevendie, Jeths, Franssens, van Onna, Hamburg, Kox, Koolmees and Ketting.

Marc Albrecht

Marc Albrecht, chief conductor of De Nederlandse Opera and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, is highly regarded for his interpretations of works by Wagner and Richard Strauss, as well as contemporary works. He has been a guest conductor with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the orchestras of Rome (Santa Cecilia), Dresden and Lyons. He has led operas including Der fliegende Holländer (Bayreuther Festspiele, 2003-2006), Die Bacchantinnen (Salzburger Festspiele, 2005) and From the House of the Dead (Opéra national de Paris, 2005). From 2001 to 2004 he was principal guest conductor at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where his engagements included a highly acclaimed performance of Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise. He was artistic director and chief conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg from 2006 to 2011. He also enjoys a close association with the Semperoper Dresden, where he led the productions of Die Frau ohne Schatten and La damnation de Faust in 2007. Recent conducting engagements include The Bassarids (Bayerische Staatsoper München), Der fliegende Holländer (ROH Covent Garden), Der Prinz von Homburg (Theater an der Wien), Lulu with the Wiener Philharmoniker (Salzburg), Elektra, Orest and The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia (DNO) and his debut at La Scala with Die Frau ohne Schatten. 

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Orest (2013)

Trojahn

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, De Nederlandse Opera

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