Eric Wolfgang Korngold, The Dead City
Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 28 May 2019
The first time of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt at La Scala, and it’s a triumph
Two intriguing clinical cases are currently on stage in two almost contemporary works from the 1920s. In Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel in Rome, it’s the case of Renata: is it hysterical neurosis or exalted religiosity? In Milan in Eric Korngold’s Die tote Stadt (“The Dead City”), one wonders whether it is only a dream or if the protagonist Paul is in the grip of madness.
Unlike Robert Carsen, who opted for the second hypothesis in his production at the Komische Oper in Berlin…