University of Bayreuth, Press Release No. 170/2022, dated 17.10.2022
World Opera Day: L'Huomo (1754) is performed again in Bayreuth
A reinterpreted version of the Wilhelminian opera L'Huomo is planned by Prof. Dr. Kordula Knaus, Professor of Music Theatre Studies at the University of Bayreuth, and her project partners for spring 2023. She will be available for interviews on World Opera Day on 25 October.
Margravine Wilhelmine of Bayreuth established a music and opera culture at her court in the 18th century, the materiality of which is still tangible today through the Margravial Opera House opened in 1748. Through her active artistic activity, she set remarkable aesthetic accents in the European opera landscape. A highlight was the performance of the Festa teatrale L'Huomo, which was staged in 1754 in honour of the visit of her brother Friedrich ll. Wilhelmine not only provided the text for the work, she was also the creator of a very sophisticated light dramaturgy and stage scenery.
At the University of Bayreuth, scientific work on L'Huomo is being carried out under the project management of Prof. Dr. Kordula Knaus; a performance of the work is planned for the opening of the Bayreuth Opera House Museum in May 2023. In the context of the performance, an international conference (4-6 May 2023) on the vocal personnel of Italian opera at German courts will take place.
On World Opera Day, Prof. Dr. Kordula Knaus will be available to talk to media representatives about the following topics.
- What is the importance of opera for society in Germany/Bayreuth?
- Has the cultural/opera sector already recovered from Corona?
- How can we succeed in inspiring a younger audience for (baroque) opera?
World Opera Day
World Opera Day is taking place for the fourth time this year. Among other things, the day of action is intended to draw attention to the social relevance and value of the over 400-year-old art form for our society. World Opera Day is celebrated on 25 October, the birthday of Georges Bizet and Johann Strauss II. Three opera associations (Opera America, Opera Latinoamérica and Opera Europa), opera houses and theatres around the world participate in this commemorative day with local actions, conferences, performances, exhibitions and online events, which was first proclaimed in Karlsruhe and Strasbourg in 2019, under the motto Building Bridges. This first World Opera Day was coordinated by three opera associations: Opera America, Opera Latinoamérica and Opera Europa.