El ángel de fuego PROMO


The Fiery Angel

Sergéi Prokófiev

2h 10m

The Weimar Republic, oasis of liberty and cradle of extremism, welcomed -  with a varying degree of scandal - such radical operas as the blasphemous Sancta Susanna  of  Paul Hindemith,  the atonal  and anti- militarist Wozzeck of  Alban Berg, or the  multi-racial  and jazz like Jonny spielt auf of  Ernst Krenek. In spite of this background, not even the mediation of the prestigious conductor Bruno Walter was sufficient to bring The Fiery Angel by Sergei Prokofiev to the stage of the Deutsche Oper of Berlin. The constant setbacks with respect to the work led the composer to desist with its debut and re-use the principal musical material in the third of his symphonies, first heard in Paris in 1929.  Furthermore, the rise of Nazism in Germany and the hardening of cultural politics in the Soviet Union also delayed the opening of The Fiery Angel. In the end, it opened posthumously in 1954 at the Teatro La Fenice of Venice.  The production by Calixto Bieito extracts all the potential from this work in a most convincing and spine-chilling way. The action takes place in a closed society of the 1950s, taking this story of witchcraft, sex and religion to the realism of imitation leather sofas, crochet cardigans, medical abuse and child molestation.


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Opera in five acts

Music and libretto by Sergéi Prokófiev (1891-1953)

Libretto based on the homonymous novel (1907), by Valery Bryusov

Premiered in the Teatro La Fenice of Venecia, November 25,1954

Premiered in the Teatro Real

New production in the Teatro Real, in collaboration with the Opernhaus of Zúrich

Principal Chorus and Orchesta of the Teatro Real


Artistic team

Condutor I Gustavo Gimeno

Stage director I Calixto Bieito

Stage designer I Rebecca Ringst

Costume designer I Ingo Krügler

Light designer I Franck Evin

Video designer I Sarah Derendinger

Dramatist I Beate Breidenbach

Chorus Master I Andrés Máspero



Renata I  Ausrine Stundyte

Ruprecht I Leigh Melrose

Agrippa von Nettesheim / Mefistófeles I Dmitry Golovnin

La Madre Superiora / Vidente I Agnieszka Rehlis

El Inquisidor I Mika Kares

Posadera I Nino Surguladze

Fausto I Dmitry Ulyanov

Jackob Glock / Doctor I Josep Fadò

Mathias Posadero I  Gerardo Bullón

El Conde Heinrich / El Padre I Ernst Alisch

Waiter I David Lagares

Novice I | Estibaliz Martyn

Novice II | Anna Gomà


Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Richard Wagner
Matthias Pintscher, Calixto Bieito