Nicholas Maw's opera Sophie's Choice makes its way to Continental Europe in September, October and November 2005 in a brand-new co-production between Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Vienna Volksoper.
The cast is headed by Angelika Kirschlager, reprising her role from the Covent Garden premiere, as the haunted and tragic figure of Sophie. Conducted by Leopold Hager, and directed by Markus Bothe, the production will be given three performances in Berlin between 23 and 30 September, before transferring to Vienna for 8 dates from 26 October until 23 November.
The US premiere of the opera will be given by The Washington Opera in Autumn 2006.
‘… my feeling is that what we have here is an instant classic, a piece that will immediately touch and move people…’
Sir Simon Rattle
'For me, Sophie’s Choice is a masterly operatic achievement which embodies the most haunting and sheerly beautiful new music I’ve heard in an opera house for a very long time.’