edited by Denise Wendel-Poray, Gert Korentschnig, Christian KircherRead more
A major anthology on opera edited by leading specialists in the field.
Critical reflections on the present and future of opera as an art form.
The title is inspired by the epic drama The Last Days of Mankind by Karl Kraus. Published in full in 1922, its author ridicules the interconnected ills of modernity that he saw as fueling the war machine (nationalism, capitalism, unbridled technology, militarism, journalistic unscrupulousness) as well as the Viennese cultural scene of the time. The drama bears chilling parallels to our world in 2022. The goal of the anthology, which includes some 100 essays, is to consider the relevance of opera in today’s dystopian world and to look to possible developments in the genre in the foreseeable future.
The writers include opera professionals: singers, directors, and conductors as well as creative minds from other fields, like philosophers, artists, film directors, and actors. The book features an iconography of original works by famous artists, in particular those of the renowned stage designer Richard Peduzzi.
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• Writers include: Marina Abramovic´, George Benjamin, Stephan Braunfels, Robert Carsen, Martin Crimp, Bernard Foccroulle, Philippe Jordan, Jonas Kaufmann, William Kentridge, Christian Lacroix, Jan Lauwers, Katie Mitchell, Riccardo Muti, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Denis Podalyclès, Thaddaeus Ropac, Matthias Schulz, Robert Wilson, Laurie Anderson, Amira Casar and Tilda Swinton.
Denise Wendel-Poray is a Canadian/French writer, editor, journalist, and curator. She is a graduate of the universities of McGill and Yale. She recently published Painting The Stage: Artists as Stage Designers (Skira, 2019).
Gert Korentschnig is a journalist, author, music critic. He is deputy editor-in-chief of the media house KURIER in Vienna and head of KURIER am Sonntag.
Christian Kircher is Executive Director of Bundestheater-Holding GmbH in Vienna.