Hackney Empire and Armel Opera Festival present the Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn production of Weisse Rose
Weisse Rose was an intellectual resistance group formed by Hans and Sophie Scholl against the Nazi regime. In early 1943 the two siblings were discovered distributing pamphlets at the University of Munich which lead to their arrest. They were sentenced to death and executed immediately.
This happened over seventy years ago – but is still relevant with what is happening in the world today, the Scholl’s story is more relevant to our lives than ever. In 1968, Dresden composer Udo Zimmermann adapted these events into a chamber opera. Revised in 1986, this powerful composition has touched its audience all over the globe ever since. Zimmermann’s music for a male and a female voice and a chamber orchestra has clearly been influenced by the musical aesthetics of its time, nevertheless the opera intrigues us with a remarkable cantabile quality and melodic sensibility. This production is directed by Anna Drescher, whose concept has been awarded the European Opera-directing Prize in 2015.
This haunting chamber opera by Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn in 2017, received the Best Production Award at the Armel Opera Festival.