#49 THE TRIAL OF SOCRATES
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#49 THE TRIAL OF SOCRATES

SOCRATES' APOLOGY AS WRITTEN DOWN BY PLATO

IN ENGLISH, WITH FRENCH AND GERMAN SURTITLES

[EN] "Nothing can harm a good man either in life or after death." In 399 BC the philosopher Socrates was accused of corrupting the young men of Athens and of offending the Olympian gods. A jury consisting of 501 free men of the city were his listeners when he defended himself against these accusations.

The Apology professes to be Plato's true record of the speech Socrates delivered in defence of himself against what he considered bigoted, unjust and mindless accusations. However, it is not the historical facts, but rather the modernity and intricacy of Socrates reflections that make the text such an interesting document, and more than anything still a relevant text for us today. He ridicules his accusers, he shows us their limitations both as politicians and as human beings, he ponders over life and death in a manner we can all learn from. He makes us see that life is never to be defined and limited by envy and fear.

In our modern democracies we have come to believe ourselves protected against injustice and violence to the extent that we sometimes forget to see our reality as it actually is. By listening to Socrates we can sharpen our senses and dare see our own time in a brighter light and thereby discover that the years have indeed rolled by, but the problems Socrates speaks of remain, although in a different clothing.

"I go to die and you to live, but which of us goes to the better lot is known to no one, except the god."

Stein Winge is one of Norway's most acclaimed theatre directors and Norway's most internationally acclaimed opera director. He created his first performance for The National Norwegian Opera in 1969. For numerous years he was the company's Head Director, directing works such as The Magic Flute, Il Trovatore, Otello, Il Trittico, Macbeth, Falstaff, Jenufa, La Traviata and Barabbas.

Winge is an educated actor from Oslo National College of the Arts. He has directed more than 150 performances of plays, including Shakespeare (Hamlet, Richard II, Richard III, King Lear and Othello), Goethe (Faust), Chekhov (Three sisters, Uncle Vanja, Platonov), Greek tragedies and almost all of Ibsen's plays. Winge has also interpreted contemporary plays by Tancred Dorst, Ariel Dorfman and Botho Straus. He has worked for all the theatres in Norway, been head of The Norwegian National Theatre in Oslo, and directed numerous TV productions. Abroad he has worked at opera houses across Europe and the USA, directing Die Walküre and Boris Godunov at Grand Théatre in Geneva, Perserne in Wiesbaden, Tristan & Isolde at Opera Bastille in Paris, Der Fliegende Holländer at English National Opera in London , Khovantsjina at The Monnaie Opera in Brussels and Boris Godunov, Il Trittico at Lyric Theatre in Chicago, Pelléas and Mélisande at Opera National du Rhin, Tosca in Bonn, Eugen Onegin in Graz and Boris Godunov in Düsseldorf, where he also directed a Janácek cyclus - Katja Kabanová, Jenufa and The Mystery of Makropulos.

In May 2009 Stein Winge made his director debut in Oslo's new Opera House with Elektra. For this company he will furthermore direct the World Premiere of Around the World in Eighty Days by the Norwegian composer Gisle Kverndokk in 2010.

Graham Clark was made his professional operatic début with Scottish Opera in 1975. He was a Principal of English National Opera from 1978-1985 and has also sung with the
Royal Opera Covent Garden, Opera North and Welsh National Opera in the UK. He has had an extensive international career since 1976, including performances at The Metropolitan
Opera (New York), Deutsche Oper (Berlin), Teatro Real (Madrid), La Scala (Milan), Staatsoper (Vienna), Opéra Bastille, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Théâtre du Châtelet and Palais Garnier (Paris). He has appeared in over 350 Wagner performances including over 250 performances of Der Ring des Nibelungen. He has sung in many international music festivals including Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh and the London Proms. He was nominated "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Opera", including an American Emmy, in 1983, 1986, 1993. He won the Sir Laurence Olivier Award for Mephistopheles in Busoni's Doktor Faust, English National Opera in 1986. The Trial of Socrates will be the first time Graham Clark performs as an actor on stage.

WITH Graham Clark

DIRECTOR Stein Winge
STAGE VERSION BY Bibi Moslet

PRODUCTION Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg

 Thursday FEBRUARY 10, 2011 at 20:00 (tickets)
Friday FEBRUARY 11, 2011 at 20:00 (tickets)
Kulturpass, bienvenue!

RUNNING TIME approx. 1 hour (no interval)

Adults 20 € / Students 8 €




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