Opera by Erkki-Sven Tüür
Libretto by Lutz Hübner
Patron: Federal President Johannes Rau
The Swede Raoul Wallenberg arrives in Budapest during July 1944 and begins an
internal rescue operation for the Budapest Jews threatened by deportation.
He distributes Swedish protection passes and is able to protect thousands of
people from the Holocaust. By diplomatic means and personal courage he
succeeds in negotiations with both the Nazis and with the Soviet Secret
Police. Adolf Eichmann is one of the people he encounters. As of January
1945, all traces of Wallenberg are lost in the secret documents of the
Soviet leadership. Then the myth of a undead man begins. Into the 70's,
Raoul Wallenberg is reported to have been sighted again and again in
psychiatric hospitals or Gulags in the Soviet Union.
On behalf of the Dortmund Opera the award winning German contemporary
dramatist Lutz Hübner has created an opera libretto from historical and
Erkki-Sven Tüür, born in Kärdla, Estonia in 1959, is one of the most remarkable
composers of our time. The works of the former rock musician are performed
world-wide and extend beyond symphonies, concertos and chamber music to
oratorios, film and theatre music.
Production: Philipp Kochheim
Conductor: Alexander Rumpf
Premiere 05 May 2001 Dortmund Opera