Franz Schreker, emblematic composer of the Weimar Republic, in 1924 produced Irrelohe, a tragic tale of toxic love that the public can now rediscover in this new production by David Bösch.

Last updated date : 05/10/2021
Saturday 19 March 2022 at 8 pm. From Tuesday 22 to Sunday 27 March 2022, every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 8 pm. From Tuesday 29 March to Saturday 2 April 2022, every Tuesday and Saturday at 8 pm.
The Lyon Opera House Place de la Comédie - 69001 Lyon 1er

In 18th-century Germany, Count Heinrich is in love with the wholesome and pure Eva. However, because of a family curse, he fears being consumed by a murderous madness if he gives in to his feelings. The count’s neurotic love arouses the jealousy of Peter, Eva's suitor, and the hostility of Christobald. A rivalry that will end with Heinrich Castle in flames.

Schreker the Forsaken
A major musical figure of the Weimar Republic, Schreker was well known in his time. As the author of a work marked by morbidity, self-destruction and sexuality which owes a lot to Wagner and Strauss and shines through the richness of its musical palette, Schreker had a huge success with Der ferne Klang (The Distant Sound). But Irrelohe, created in 1924, the year Hitler was imprisoned for his failed coup, was the swansong of the then eminent director of the Berlin Music College. Once the Nazis came to power, he became an outcast, a symbol of "degenerate music" (Entartete Musik) and decadent internationalism, who was also “guilty” of being Jewish. He was in fact an emblematic forerunner of Jugendstil, which heralded, 30 years ahead of its time, the Hollywood music of the 50s. A specialist in German composers of the 20s and 30s and Entartete Musik, director David Bösch offers this unjustly condemned genius and his Irrelohe - which could be translated as "mad flame" - a resurrection worthy of the work’s power.


An opera by Franz Schreker
Director: David Bösch
Conductor: Bernhard Kontarsky
Orchestre et Chœurs de l'Opéra de Lyon

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Openings
  • Saturday 19 March 2022 at 8 pm.

    From Tuesday 22 to Sunday 27 March 2022, every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 8 pm.

    From Tuesday 29 March to Saturday 2 April 2022, every Tuesday and Saturday at 8 pm.
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  • From 10 to 85€.
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