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Theater an der Wien Presents the Austrian Premiere of Tobias Picker's Thérèse Raquin

Dec. 19, 2021

Tobias Picker's acclaimed opera, Thérèse Raquin, with a libretto by Gene Scheer based on the novel by Émile Zola, was given its Austrian premiere by the Theater an der Wien on December 16. Performances run through January 20 in Vienna. Julia Mintzer sings the title role in a production directed by Christian Thausing and conducted by Jonathan Parker Lakeland that has received widespread critical acclaim. Thausing updates the opera's setting to a contemporary American rural household prompting the Salzburger Nachrichten to note that "Thausing achieves an astonishing immediacy of effect, a quality of theatrical hyperrealism that is seldom found in opera." 

Thérèse Raquin was commissioned by The Dallas Opera, L’Opéra de Montréal, and The San Diego Opera, and was given its world premiere by The Dallas Opera in 2001. The work debuted to universal critical acclaim, hailed as “a superbly crafted stage work” (Dallas-Forth Worth Star-Telegram). It is one of Tobias Picker's finest works for the lyric stage. 

Thérèse Raquin is a story of love, lust, murder, and guilt—a drama perfectly suited for the operatic stage. Scheer’s libretto focuses on the turbulent affair of Thérèse, who rekindles a passionate romance with her old friend Laurent and is driven to murder her sickly husband Camille.

(The Dallas Opera presents Thérèse Raquin by Tobias Picker)

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Tobias Picker
Thérèse Raquin (1999-2000)
an opera in two acts
libretto (Eng) by Gene Scheer, based on the novel by Émile Zola
for 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, baritone and bass
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