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Reinhard Febel

Benjamin Button

Opera
Text by the composer based on the story The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
In German with surtitles
Commissioned by the Landestheater Linz
Supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

Oper
First Release 06.04.2024
Location Großer Saal Musiktheater

Dates 2023/2024

Saturday, 06. April 2024 19:30 - 21:20
Großer Saal Musiktheater
Premiere
Premieren-Abo Musiktheater
Saturday, 13. April 2024 19:30 - 21:20
Großer Saal Musiktheater
Opern-Abo
Tuesday, 30. April 2024 19:30 - 21:20
Großer Saal Musiktheater
anschließend Nachgespräch
CampusTalk
Volksgarten-Reihe 3
Saturday, 11. May 2024 19:30 - 21:20
Großer Saal Musiktheater
Freunde des Linzer Musiktheaters-Abo
Sunday, 26. May 2024 19:30 - 21:20
Großer Saal Musiktheater
Abo Szenario Novum
Monday, 01. July 2024 19:30 - 21:20
Großer Saal Musiktheater
zum letzten Mal
Montag-Reihe

Information

In 1860, Benjamin Button saw the light of day in Baltimore not as a sweet little boy, but as a bearded old man. His fate is predetermined: He goes through life backwards and gets younger every day. When he finally meets Hildegarde, who is almost thirty years younger, at the age of fifty, everything is at stake for him, as he has so far been ostracised by society due to his special circumstances and has never been loved. His love for Hildegarde cannot last, for while she ages inexorably, Benjamin grows younger and younger until he finally becomes a baby in his own son's house.

It was the writer F. Scott Fitzgerald who reported this incident in a whimsical and original short story from 1922. In 2008 it was successfully filmed with Brad Pitt in the leading role. Now Reinhard Febel, who worked for many years as a composition professor at the Salzburg Mozarteum, has adapted this humorous and impressive reflection on the phenomena of time, identity, age, youth, becoming and passing for the opera stage.


Cast

Benjamin Button
Martin Achrainer
Benji, (der junge Benjamin)
N. N.
Hildegarde Moncrief, (später Granny Hildegarde)
Carina Tybjerg Madsen
Hildegarde als Kind
Angela Simkin
Harlekin
Sophie Bareis
Ente
Zuzana Petrasová
Hase
Martin Enger Holm
Teddy
Felix Lodel
Erster Zeitungsjunge
Jonathan Hartzendorf
Zweiter Zeitungsjunge
Alexander York
Mr. Button, Vater
Michael Wagner
Doktor Keene
Matthäus Schmidlechner
Mrs. Button, Mutter
Gotho Griesmeier
Kindermädchen I & II
Fenja Lukas
Hausmädchen I & II
Manuela Leonhartsberger

Chor des Landestheaters Linz
Kinder- und Jugendchor des Landestheaters Linz
Bruckner Orchester Linz