Cardillac by Paul Hindemith, based on a short story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, was staged on 9 November 1926 in Dresden. A later version in four acts was created by Hindemith for Zurich. The Maggio will be staging the first version. The story takes place in 17th-Century Paris. The protagonist, the goldsmith Cardillac, is obsessively possessive of his creations-masterpieces, so much so as to be led to kill the buyers in order to have them back. This is a musical and philosophical reflection on the role of the artist and his need to go beyond established rules and laws. The opera returns to the Maggio twenty-six years on from the previous staging directed by Bruno Bartoletti, and marks the debut of Fabio Luisi at the Festival, and Valerio Binasco as the director of the opera.
Opera in tre atti e quattro scene
Libretto di Ferdinand Lion da Das Fräulein von Scuderi di E.T.A. Hoffmann
Musica di Paul Hindemith
Prima rappresentazione: 9 novembre 1926 al Semperoper di Dresda