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Claus Guth

Stage director Claus Guth is one of the most sought-after and critically acclaimed artists of his generation. Born in Frankfurt, he completed his studies in Munich before directing a series of productions in Munich, Mannheim and Hamburg that quickly garnered international attention. His international breakthrough came in 1999, when he directed the world premiere of Luciano Berio’s Cronaca del Luogo at the Salzburg Festival. Claus Guth returned to Salzburg the following year for a production of Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride and has been a frequent guest at the festival since, with acclaimed productions of Mozart’s Zaide and the Da Ponte trilogy to his name, which has travelled to various houses in both Europe and America.

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  • 04.03.2018 - Enlightenment through compassion: Claus Guth's stellar Parsifal in Zurich

  • ...the Parsifal narrative is set against what many consider some of the world’s most luscious and emotive musical interludes. Scored for six principal singers, and some dozen lesser roles among knights, soldiers, and flower maidens, the opera’s drama is a turbulent mix of magic, seduction, punishment and redemption. For his Zurich Opera production, Claus Guth and his designer Christian Schmidt chose to interpret the work outside the context of the time in which it was written. The Grail Knights' search for a redeemer is correlated with the disorientation and quest for meaning in the years following the First World War, and ultimately reflects the disorder in Germany that led to more turmoil in the 1930s. But it is no less a reflection on the power of symbols. Allusions to the Christian sacraments and homage to the attributes of faith not only run rampant, they cement the very framework within which this great work operates.

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