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Biedermann and the arsonists

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Press Reviews

“Max Frisch would have enjoyed watching the staging by the young stage director Béatrice Lachaussée: In the Hall of the Semper Depot, Ms. Lachaussée built a huge coal producing machine: the Biedermann couple sits there from the beginning on a heap of coal, still without recognizing the fire danger they put themselves in.”

ORF Ö1 RADIO MORNING JOURNAL Wednesday, September 18, 2013

„Béatrice Lachaussée and her Team managed to make a splendid debut with a tasteful and stringent stage direction in the style of the 1930’s. In the spacious Semper Depot, she created great atmosphere utilizing little means but with substantial and exact character direction.“

WIENER ZEITUNG, Daniel Wagner, 18.09.2013

„Along with the classical elegance of the 1920’s costumes (Nele Ellegiers), the stage design (Dominque Weisbauer) was strongly impressive as well as integrating harmonically well with Semper’s architectural language, very precise the drawing of the characters (direction: Beatrice Lachaussee): woman holding the stage powers!“
„A very fine affair.“

THE STANDARD, Stefan Ender, 18.09.2013


Fire raisers are making trouble in a town. Gottlieb Biedermann (Mister Bourgeois) is reading the newspaper. He wishes these criminals to be hanged. Though Biedermann betrays his principles as soon as the fire raisers enter his home by faking politeness and friendship.

Producted by the Neue Oper Wien

Premiere on Tuesday the 17th of September 2013/ 95 Minutes

Place Fine arts academy of Vienna (Semperdepot)
Léhargasse 6, 1060 Vienne
Performance on the 19., 21. and 22nd of September 2013

Gottlieb Biedermann Stephen Chaundy
Babette Biedermann Barbara Zamek-Gliszcynska
Anna Katharina Tschakert
Josef Schmitz Tomasz Pietak
Wilhelm Maria Eisenring Till von Orlowsky
Fireman 1/The Police Officer Harald Wurmsdobler
Fireman 2 Christian Kotsis
Fireman 3 Frédéric Pfalzgraf

Orchestra Das Amadeus Ensemble-Wien

Conductor Walter Kobéra
Director Béatrice Lachaussée
Stage designer Dominique Wiesbauer
Costume designer Nele Ellegiers
Light design Norbert Chmel
Make up artist Diego Rojas-Ortiz