The Infernal Comedy

Starring John Malkovich

17 - 18 June 2011 / 19:30

Tickets £11/16.50/21/28/35

subject to availability
 sold out

John Malkovich stars in a stageplay for Baroque Orchestra, two sopranos and actor, based on the real-life story of the notorious convicted serial killer Jack Unterweger.
Music includes:

Scene and Aria ‘Ah, perfido’
Haydn Scena di Berenice ‘Berenice che fai?’
Weber Scene and Aria ‘Ah seed mundo fosse l’uccisor!’
Mozart Recitative, Aria and Cavatina ‘Ah, lo pervidi’

Written by Michael Sturminger
Based on an idea by Birgit Hutter and Martin Haselböck
Music concept and conductor Martin Haselböck
Stage director Michael Sturminger
Costume designer Birgit Hutter

Wiener Akademie
Martin Haselböck
John Malkovich actor
Bernarda Bobro soprano
Marie Arnet soprano

Staged performance

What do Beethoven, Haydn, Weber, Vivaldi and Mozart have to do with the Austrian serial killer Jack Unterweger. All will be revealed in a new stage-play, in which the celebrated actor John Malkovich takes the audience on a journey through the life and mind of the notorious womaniser, writer and murderer.

The narrative is told through monologues which are illustrated by and juxtaposed with music embodying the emotions they explore - joy, hatred, love, grief, desire - performed by two sopranos and the Wiener Akademie under their founder Martin Haselböck. At times darkly comic, at other times bleak and brutal, The Infernal Comedy is an intriguing and innovative approach to delving into the twisted mind of, as Malkovich puts it, “a bad, bad guy”.

‘Haselböck caught it all with a graceful, rhythmic lilt and considerable verve.’ The Los Angeles Times

Part of 10 / 11 Season Classical concerts
Part of Great Performers 2010-2011

Promoted by the Barbican.


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