• Most Respected Classical Music Platform
  • #classicalForever
(Photo credit: Brinkhoff/Mögenburg)

"Playing Trump" Premieres at Hamburg State Opera

An opera based on former United States President Donald Trump debuted at Germany's Hamburg State Opera last week


Written by composer Bernhard Lang and author Dieter Sperl, the opera comments on the state of decency, humanity, and democratic principle through Trump's character and presidency.

The libretto is based exclusively on quotes from Trump and is centered around the — to the writers, terrifying yet humorous — idea that history can and does repeat itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, according to Hegel and Marx.

"So banal the man, so dangerous the type," the opera's program notes read. "Four years of a U.S. presidency have shown how the world has been — or how it can become. As absurd the speeches and fake news, so symptomatic is the manipulative success."

At the premiere, George Delnon staged the piece, Emilio Pomàrico served as music director, and French soprano Donatienne Michael-Dansac played Trump's part.

With choreography Nicolas Musin and dramaturgy by Klaus-Peter Kehr, the opera posed the question: "How far has the democratic principle already eroded?"



upcoming events

may 2024

06may01junQueen Elisabeth Violin Competition12:00 am - (june 1) 11:59 pm Flagey ASBL-VZW, Pl. Sainte-Croix, 1050 Bruxelles, BelgiumEvent Type :competitions Event Tagscompetition,Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition,violinFOLLOW

27mayAll Day31New York Classic Violin Competition(All Day) Manhattan School of Music, 130 Claremont Ave, New York, NY 10027Event Type :competitions Event TagsClassic Violin Olympus International Competition,violin competitionFOLLOW

june 2024

06junAll Day13Khachaturian International Violin Competition(All Day) Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall, 46 Mesrop Mashtots Ave, Yerevan, ArmeniaEvent Type :competitions Event TagsKhachaturian International Competition,violin competitionFOLLOW

08junAll Day16Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition(All Day) Romolo Valli Municipal Theatre, Piazza Martiri del 7 Luglio, 1, 42121 Reggio Emilia RE, Italy Event Type :competitions Event TagsPremio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition,string quartet competitionFOLLOW

17junAll Day22Primrose International Viola Competition(All Day) Colburn School, 200 S Grand AveEvent Type :competitions Event TagsPrimrose International Viola Competition,Primrose Viola CompetitionFOLLOW


Get ALL our latest conveniently by EMAIL

Our newsletter is trusted by over 100,000+ industry professionals around the world

We deliver news straight to your inbox and will never share your data.
You'll never miss a beat!

click left click right