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The NA Office of Duesseldorf Tourism & Duesseldorf Airport Announce: “Death in Venice” – Opera by Benjamin Britten Premieres at Duesseldorf Opera House – June 14, 2014.

May 7, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

A new production of Benjamin Britten’s “Death in Venice” at Opera House Düsseldorf premieres on June 14, 2014, at 7:30 pm for five performances in June. Based on Thomas Mann’s literary masterpiece by the same name, “Death in Venice” is Britten’s ingenious opera interpretation of one of the most atmospheric depictions in world literature about troubled inner life and pain in the human pursuit of beauty and life itself.

“Death in Venice” is the story of Gustav von Aschenbach, a successful novelist in Munich who no longer feels capable of continuing his career. Following a stranger’s advice to vacation in the south, he travels to Venice. There, he not only meets a series of strange figures that appear to him as harbingers of death, but also spots a young boy, Tadzio, who represents the perfection he has been seeking as a writer all his life. Tadzio, who is staying with his family at the same hotel, becomes the object of von Aschenbach’s admiration and observation to the point of Dionysian ecstasy, while cholera breaks out, turning Venice into a city of death.


“Death in Venice” at Opera House Düsseldorf @ Hans Jörg Michel

With Thomas Mann’s novella, Benjamin Britten (1913–1976) chose a work that reflects aspects and stages of the composer’s own life at the time. With Britten’s unmistakable tonal language, the opera is a key work for his late period. Set in a labyrinthine Venice that mirrors von Aschenbach’s dark inner world, six Mephistophelian antagonists – appearing in various forms but united in one singer – confront von Aschenbach during his late journey and are finally revealed as the god Dionysus. Tadzio and his family are played by dancers as brilliantly staged periphery to the central action of van Aschenbach’s inner struggles. With a frugal instrumentation, which in von Aschenbach’s monologues are reduced to only a piano, combined with lyrical orchestra outbursts, Britten’s expressiveness becomes deeply moving.

“Death of Venice” concludes a cycle of Britten productions by Immo Karaman and his team at Opera House Düsseldorf in honor of the composer’s 100th birthday. The series included “Peter Grimes,” “Billy Budd,” and “The Turn of the Screw” in November 2013.

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Düsseldorf’s tourism office is offering hotel and city specials for many of the city’s events throughout 2014, including Death in Venice. The package, called “Düsseldorf à la Card,” can be booked right from the tourism office’s website at Prices start at €49 per night per person based on double-occupancy for a 2-3-star hotel in the city center and at €95 per person for a 4-star hotel. The package includes breakfast, one DüsseldorfCard (free public transportation within city limits plus 30 free or reduced admissions to city attractions), and a city information package. Please check the website for current information.

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Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourism GmbH is the visitors and convention bureau of the city of Düsseldorf. Its responsibilities include tourism and city marketing, as well as conference and meeting marketing, hotel reservation services, fairs and convention services, city event ticket sales and advance ticket reservations. For more information, visit

Düsseldorf Airport, Germany’s Next Generation HubTM, offers several non-stop flights from US & Canadian cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Toronto), as well as convenient connections to many European cities. For more information about the airport, visit

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