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02.02.2020 | Side programme

Minona


The Beethoven Year 2020 starts at the Regensburg Theatre with the world premiere of the opera "Minona" by the Estonian composer Jüri Reinvere, who is already well known in Germany in the field of symphonic music. With "Minona", he introduces himself to the German opera audience for the first time.

 

On the occasion of Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday, the opera is dedicated to the fate of Minona von Stackelberg. Evidence suggests that she is Beethoven's biological daughter.

Minona von Stackelberg - is she the daughter of Ludwig van Beethoven? Nine months before her birth in April 1813, the composer wrote the letter "To the Immortal Beloved", in all probability Minona's mother Josephine von Stackelberg, née Brunsvik de Korompa. Beethoven was deeply attached to her, friendship and love for many years. But her life circumstances always prevented them from living together. In 1810 Josephine married the Estonian Baron Christoph von Stackelberg in a second marriage. Their community was never happy, the baron suffered from constant financial worries. There was no longer any doubt about the failure of the marriage in the summer of 1812, when Beethoven's highly emotional letter was written.

Minona was born into an extremely precarious family situation. The paternity of Christoph von Stackelberg, however, was never publicly questioned. When he went back to his Estonian homeland and his wife Josephine did not want to follow him, he brought their children including Minona against their will to Reval, today's Tallinn. The opera also traces Minona's life there. She seemed to stand out of the family in comparison to her siblings and was even given the nickname "the governess".

Minona herself remained childless, so that a final verification of Ludwig van Beethoven's paternity by means of the DNA of possible descendants is impossible.

Minona von Stackelberg's story leaves room for questions and speculation. It is therefore precisely the search of a woman for her identity that director Hendrik Müller focuses on in his production. Minona seeks help in art, uses it as compensation, and yet she is threatened by Beethoven's supernatural father's death.

Venue

Theater am Bismarckplatz
Bismarckplatz 7
93047 Regensburg

Admission prices

PG 1: 40,10 €
PG 2: 35,20 €
PG 3: 29,90 €
PG 4: 19,80 €
PG 5: 16,50 €
Listening/standing room: 5,80 €

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