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Doppelgänger: Claus Guth and Jonas Kaufmann at Park Avenue Armory
Friday September 22, 8:00 pm
One event on Saturday September 23, 2023 at 7:00 pm
One event on Tuesday September 26, 2023 at 7:30 pm
One event on Wednesday September 27, 2023 at 7:30 pm
One event on Thursday September 28, 2023 at 7:30 pm
Composed in 1828 in Franz Schubert‘s final days, Schwanengesang (Swan Song) traverses a myriad of emotions, from despair and delusion to ecstasy and love, to form a series of masterful snapshots of all that life can offer. Sitting at the pinnacle of a vocalist’s repertory, these emotive works are given a thrilling new life in the world premiere of a theatrical staging by one of opera’s most adventurous directors, Claus Guth.
Performed by world-renowned tenor Jonas Kaufmann with his long-time collaborator pianist Helmut Deutsch, the heart-melting collection of songs is amplified by additional Schubert repertory, an evocative soundscape, and transformative light and video projections to create a production that is part performance and part installation art. Named for the last song “Der Doppelgänger,” in which a soldier sees themselves and comes to terms with the reality that they did not return from war, this Armory commission beautifully explores the hunger for life and its beauty and the idea that death is not a sudden moment but a last journey.