Weisse Rose is a powerful story about being willing to die for something greater than one's self.
Based on the extraordinary true story of sibling rebels Hans and Sophie Scholl, this haunting opera focuses on the founders of non-violent Nazi resistance movement The White Rose as they sit in cells, awaiting their execution.
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.
Director Anna Drescher’s dramatic new staging for the Theater Biel Solothurn won the European Opera-directing Prize in 2015 and received the Best Production Award at the Armel Opera Festival in 2017.
Saturday 25. May at 12.15 pm: Dieter Kaegi, (intendant, Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn), Anna Drescher (director) and Peter Edwards, Head of Department of Musicology, University of Oslo,
Sunday 26. May at 6.15 pm: Francis Benichou (conductor), Anna Drescher (director) and Peter Normann Waage, author and historian.
Kunstnerisk team og medvirkende
LibrettoUdo Zimmermann / Wolfgang Willascheck
Set design and costumesHudda Chukri
DramaturgsMaximilian Hagemeyer & Joëlle Jobin
PerformersSophie Scholl (Marion Grange), Hans Scholl (Wolfgang Resch), Opera Orchestra