Krzysztof Penderecki: Ubu Rex

On July 6, 1991, Krzysztof Penderecki’s satirical opera Ubu Rex received its world premiere at the Nationaltheater, opening the Opera Festival of that year. The libretto in German was written by the composer together with Jerzy Jarocki, based on the play Ubu roi by the French writer Alfred Jarry from 1896. In the two acts with five scenes each, the captain Ubu plans a conspiracy against the Polish king Wenceslas, who is murdered in the process. Subsequently, Ubu must wage war against Russia and finally flee across the Baltic Sea after a defeat. August Everding, then artistic director of the Bavarian State Opera, directed the production, and Michael Boder was the musical director.

Picture credits: Sabine Toepffer