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Intolleranza 1960 - Luigi Nono

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Intolleranza 1960 - Luigi Nono

Azione scenica in two parts (1961) after an idea by Angelo Maria Ripellino
Librettoby Luigi Nono, based on texts by Henri Alleg, Bertolt Brecht, Paul Éluard, Julius Fucík, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Angelo Maria Ripellino and Jean-Paul Sartre

New production

Sung in Italian with German and English surtitles

Intolleranza 1960 is an opera that provides more questions than answers. Can it in fact be called an opera at all? Or does it offer a statement of much greater importance? Does it transcend its own political content when it is staged today, as Intolleranza 2020?

Nono wrote Intolleranza 1960, seen as his debut in the world of theatre, following a commission for the 24th International Festival of Contemporary Music at the Venice Biennale, where it had its premiere at the Teatro La Fenice almost 60 years ago. It was considered one of the most striking pieces of music in the history of the post-­war avant­-garde and a culminating work of Nono’s first artistic period. He wrote the Italian libretto himself, based on an idea by Angelo Maria Ripellino and documentary writings, as well as poems, by Julius Fucík, Henri Alleg, Jean­ Paul Sartre, Paul Éluard, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Bertolt Brecht.

It tells of an anonymous emigrant who returns to his native land. On hisjourney, he finds himself in the midst of a protest and, although innocent, is arrested, tortured and imprisoned in a concentration camp. His longing for home becomes an urge for freedom. He succeeds in escaping, but fate strikes when a tidal wave causes a humanitarian disaster.

Intolleranza 1960 is a pas­sionate and almost visionary protest against racism, intolerance, oppression and the violation of human dignity, with an added climatological catastrophe that directly places the opera within current dis­course.


Ingo Metzmacher Conductor
Jan Lauwers Direction, Sets, Choreography and Video
Lot Lemm Costumes
Ken Hioco Lighting
Elke Janssens Dramaturgy

Sean Panikkar Un emigrante
Sarah Maria Sun La sua compagna
Anna Maria Chiuri Una donna
and others

Sung-Im Her, Yonier Camilo Mejia, Victor Lauwers (Needcompany) Performance and solo dance
Dancers of BODHI PROJECT and SEAD — Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance

Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus
Huw Rhys James Chorus Master
Vienna Philharmonic


August 9 - 27, 2020
Felsenreitschule


Saalplan Felsenreitschule Salzburg - "Intolleranza 1960":

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