FALL – WINTER 2019/20

In memoriam Jessy Norman
“Jessye Norman was one of my dearest and closest friends. She could sing also quietly, and hum so beautifully. The color of her voice was unlike any other singer. She was a brilliant spokeswoman who cared about humanity and social justice. She was a teacher who led the way. She will be forever missed. I raise my hands for her in praise for I am fortunate to have known her.”
Robert Wilson, October 1, 2019
Dear Friends of Robert Wilson,

The death of Jessye Norman has left Bob devastated. They had known each other since many years, they were dear friends, and they created some extraordinary works together, among others, Erwartung by Arnold Schoenberg (Salzburg, 1995) and Winterreise by Schubert (Paris, 2001). Just the day before her passing, he had written her a letter on his way from Toronto, where his Turandot had just premiered at the Canadian Opera Company, to Düsseldorf, for the German version of Jungle Book. Like Bob says above: She will be forever missed. 

JUNGLE BOOK – A WORK FOR ALL AGESAfter the premiere of the French version of the Jungle Book in Luxembourg and Paris (there are some more performances in Paris – more information here), it was time for the German version to premiere last Saturday in Düsseldorf. The press says that “it was, as always, bewitchingly beautiful.” Don’t miss these performances – or watch both versions and compare! Further performances in Düsseldorf on October 26 and 27, and November 19, 20, 28 and 29. Get your ticket here



Join Robert Wilson for two very interesting and exciting talks – one already this Friday in New York! Bob will be returning to his Alma Mater, Pratt Institute. The event is brought to you by Pratt Presents and the Podcast, “Person Place Thing,” featuring Randy Cohen. Read more about it here.

The second talk will take place in Salzburg on November 22. Embedded in the music festival “Dialoge 2019,” Bob will be meeting with Jennifer Koh, acclaimed violinist who embodied the violin playing physicist in the last version of Bob’s Einstein on the Beach. Besides talking about their careers and works together, Jennifer will play some pieces on her violin. More information here.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH – THROUGH MOZART’S EYESMozart’s German-language version of The Messiah is famous, though seldom heard. This profound arrangement of Handel’s best-known oratorio includes copious woodwind parts. Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre are acclaimed exponents of Handel and Mozart – and regulars of the “Mozart Week” festival headed by opera star Rolando Villazón. Premiere in Salzburg on January 23, further performances on January 26 and 31. For tickets and more information click here.
For details and links to the venues, please click on the event name:
  • Don’t miss one of the last performances of Jungle Book in Paris (October 25-27, 29-31, November 2-3 and 5-8) and/or go and see the German version which is now in repertoire in Düsseldorf (October 26-27, November 28-29 and December 1-2, 23 and 25).
  • The Sandman, with music by Anna Calvi, can also be seen at the Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf (November 2-4 and December 19-21).
  • Bob’s epic 1993 production of Madama Butterfly will continue for some more performances at the Opéra National de Paris (October 26, 29 and 30 and November 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 13).
  • Turandot, Robert Wilson’s second production of an opera by Giacomo Puccini can still be seen at the Canadian Opera Company (October 25 and 27). 
  • Last season’s huge success of Mary Said What She Said starring Isabelle Huppert keeps on touring, and you should not miss this spectacular production. It will be in Lyon at the Théâtre des Célestins (October 30 and 31 and November 1-3). 
  • If you have missed one of the more than 300 performances of The Threepenny Opera, you will get some last chances to see it. The production will be on tour in Ludwigshafen (November 9-11) and at its home in the Berliner Ensemble (December 10-12).
Photographs courtesy Lucie Jansch [2 and 3] and Laura Brichta [4].



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