Baroque to Contemporary: Countertenor Thomas Lichtenecker’s myriad facets

The Bregenzer Festspiele are staging the Austrian première of Bernhard Lang’s opera “Der Reigen”, based on Arthur Schnitzler’s famous theatrical play. The composer has written two of the parts for countertenor; in contrast to the time at which the then-scandalous play was written, this allows for additional gender identities. Thomas Lichtenecker’s glistening contra-tenor, under the baton of Walter Kobéra, lends these roles not just his voice but life itself.

Soon afterwards, Mr Lichtenecker steps into the shoes of “The Canterville Ghost” based on Oscar Wilde’s 1887 short story. The Münchener Kammeroper, for which Domenik Wilgenbus adapted the work, has the American family swinging to Gershwin tunes while the ghost, older by three hundred years, is accompanied by Henry Purcell and John Dowland.

Bregenzer Festspiele / Neue Oper Wien
Bernhard Lang: Der Reigen
Thomas Lichtenecker: Young man / Actress
July 30th, 31st

Münchner Kammeroper
The Canterville Gost
Thomas Lichtenecker: Sir Simon de Canterville
August 28th (première), 29th, 31st; September 1st, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd

 

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