Erich Wolfgang Korngold regarded Das Wunder der Heliane as his greatest work, but the opera has been neglected since its premiere in 1927. This 2018 production from the Deutsche Oper Berlin features the American soprano Sara Jakubiak as Heliane, and the American tenor Brian Jagde as The Stranger in the award-winning director Christof Loy’s acclaimed staging. The Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin deliver the large forces required for this hyper-Romantic opera, under the baton of Dutch National Opera’s chief conductor Marc Albrecht. Bonus materials include a rare audio recording of the Interlude to Act III recorded in 1928, asRead more well as a picture gallery of rare images provided by Korngold specialist Brendan G. Carroll.
Das Wunder der Heliane is Korngold’s most extravagant stage work and one that he considered to be his greatest score. Written for a huge ensemble, masterfully used, the music possesses voluptuous sweep and hyper-Romanticism. Its intensity is emphasised through an intoxicating array of effects, propulsive rhythms and glorious vocal lyricism, its arc of climaxes building from one act to another. This revelatory new Berlin staging in 2018 enjoyed an unprecedented 20-minute ovation at its premiere.
– Opera Lounge
The performance is conducted with all the necessary full-blooded fervour by Marc Albrecht, and Korngold’s score emerges in all its richly chromatic, glittering tonality and overheated intensity.
Das Wunder der Heliane, Op. 20by Erich Wolfgang Korngold Performer:
Brian Jagde (Tenor),
Josef Wagner (Bass Baritone),
Sara Jakubiak (Soprano),
Okka von der Damerau (Mezzo Soprano),
Derek Welton (Baritone),
Burkhard Ulrich (Tenor)
Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,
Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: 1927; Hamburg, Germany