Spiegelgrund: An Opera by Peter Androsch

Introduction by Composer
Peter Androsch


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On the occasion of International Holocaust Rememberance Day:
Spiegelgrund: An Opera by Peter Androsch
The Federal Assembly Chamber of Austrian Parlament (Historischer Sitzungssaal), Vienna, Austria   

Friday, 25 January 2013 – 17:00 GMT +1 (World Premiere)


DirectorAlexander Hauer
TV DirectorFelix Breisach
ConductorThomas Kerbl
SopranoKaterina Beranova
BassRobert Holzer
SpeakerKarl Sibelius
ChoirChildren’s Choir of the MTA-Landesmusikschule Puchenau
 Ensemble 09
LightingIngo Kelp


Libretto: Bernhard Doppler, Silke Dörner and Plutarch

In memory of Holocaust victims, January 27—the day in 1945 on which the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated by the Red Army—was declared the International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the United Nations in 2005.

The “Kinderfachabteilung” (lit. “Children’s Specialist Department,” a Nazi euphemism) Am Spiegelgrund, an institute of the Heil- und Pflegeanstalt Am Steinhof in Vienna, was part of the National Socialist killing machine in which ill or disabled children and youth were murdered. There were also close connections to the Vernichtungsanstalt Hartheim in Upper Austria. It was not until April 2002 that the mortal remains of 789 Spiegelgrund victims were buried in Vienna’s Zentralfriedhof (Vienna Central Cemetery).

With his opera Spiegelgrund, Peter Androsch continues his intensive and well-documented examination of the Nazi regime (e.g., film music for Hasenjagd by Andreas Gruber). The opera’s world premiere is a collaboration between the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz and Ensemble 09, founded during 2009, when Linz was the official European Capital of Culture.

(English Translation: Albert Frantz)

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With the generous support from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.