An ensemble member of the Hamburg State Opera since the beginning of the current season, Ida Aldrian is portraying the role of Marte Schwertlein in the world premiere of Johannes Harneit's newly composed opera IchundIch, based on the play IchundIch (I and I) by Else Lasker-Schüler.
After Hitler seized power, Else Lasker-Schüler fled to Zurich and lived in Jerusalem from 1939 until her death in 1945. Her eloquent and bitterly satirical play IchundIch is a clear-minded drama of her times and life in Jerusalem. It is set in Biblical hell as well as in the Hinnom Valley in Jerusalem, “Hell’s Valley”, and it is set both in eternity and in the present time of 1941. The dramatis personae include (orthographically masked): Faust, Mephisto and Marta Schwertlein, but also the “Nacis” Göbbels, Göhring and Hitler, the poet (Lasker-Schüler herself), the stage director Max Reinhardt and the Haaretz reviewer Gershon Swet. In her play, the author imagines the utopian arrangement between Faust and Mephisto as a historical compromise against right-wing power, which then perishes in a stream of lava.
Gabriele Rossmanith, Dichterin
Daniel Kluge, Faust
Martin Summer, Mephisto 1 | Göring | Mr. Swet
Jóhann Kristinsson, Mephisto 2
Ida Aldrian, Marthe
Hiroshi Amako, Goebbels
Hellen Kwon, Vogelscheuche
Johannes Harneit, conductor
Christian von Treskow, director
Dorien Thomsen, set designer and costume design
Johannes Blum, dramaturgy
Projektensemble der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg
Chor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper
Christian Günther, choir