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The White Rose

Chamber opera by Udo Zimmermann

Thursday, 04/11/2021

07.30 PM - 08.40 PM


07.00 PM Introduction (in German)


header Weisse Rose

based on texts by Wolfgang Willaschek

A collaboration with the Gustav-Adolf-Gedächtniskirche

At first Hans and Sophie Scholl were enthusiastic adherents of National Socialism, but then they gradually distanced themselves: the class-based thinking, the restriction of personal freedoms and the war profoundly contradicted their Christian and humanist beliefs. Distributing leaflets signed “Weiße Rose”, they called on people to resist the regime and paid for it with their lives. In his cham-ber opera Udo Zimmermann examines the interior world of the siblings in the hour of their death, depicting the thoughts, fears, values and memories of the two students in a way that imprints itself upon the audience. For Hans and Sophie Scholl, faith was one of the cornerstones of their lives. What better place than a church, then, in which to watch their story unfold.

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Dates and cast

Cast on 04/11/2021

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Press reviews
Nürnberger Nachrichten

„Udo Zimmermann hat die Rezitative und Duette in gesangliche Höhen getrieben (…). Andromahi Raptis als Sophie und Michael Fischer als Hans bewältigen die Herausforderung mit großer Intensität. Ihre Melodien-Bögen zwischen dekonstruierten Walzern, drohenden Märschen und Chorälen am Abgrund der Hoffnungslosigkeit stehen brückenfest. Francesco Sergio Fundarò hält die Klangflächen und solistischen Einsätze der 15 Instrumentalisten von der Nürnberger Staatsphilharmonie kompakt zusammen.“

Herbert Heinzelmann, Nürnberger Nachrichten

Bayerische Staatszeitung

„Udo Zimmermann hat (die) Spiritualität (der gesungenen Texte) in höchste Töne für den Sopranpart getrieben, was Andromahi Raptis äußerst kunstfertig gelingt.“

Uwe Mitsching, Bayerische Staatszeitung

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