Salzburg Festival 2022: De Temporum Fine Comedia


“Castellucci and Currentzis celebrate music theatre of monumental sparseness in its images and an exuberant opulence in its means.” (TAZ) De temporum fine comoedia (A Play on the End of Time) is the Last Judgement, in a reinterpretation rooted in Carl Orff’s personal religious beliefs. The writing of the text in Ancient Greek, Latin and German took the composer a whole decade, from 1960 to 1970, with the essence of the work being increasingly determined by the apocalyptic vision of the Alexandrian theologian Origen, in which at the end of time even demons will be granted forgiveness and salvation. Brought to the Festival stage by Romeo Castellucci and Teodor Currentzis for the first time since ist premiere in Salzburg in 1973, Orff’s opera-oratorio overwhelms the listener with its primeval energy. The latter results not least from persistently iterated rhythmic patterns that involve a host of figures animated by a mechanical principle of motion that is translated into bodily movement scores by the choreographer Cindy Van Acker.

Additional Info

  • No: A04050222
  • Composer: Carl Orff
  • Conductor: Teodor Currentzis
  • Orchestra: Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester
  • Artists: Gero Nievelstein, Christian Reiner Lucifer, Ausrine Stundyte Alto, Bachchor Salzburg
  • Production year: 2022
  • Run time: 01:40:00
  • Director: Stage Director: Romeo Castellucci
  • Producers: UNITEL, Ö1, Salzburg Festival
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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