This winter, Thomas Hampson creates the role of Roald Amundsen, the famous Norwegian explorer, in the world premiere of South Pole at the Bayerische Staatsoper.

With music by Miroslav Srnka and text by Tom Holloway, this new opera tells the incredible story of two teams racing each other to reach the South Pole. Rolando Villazón sings the role of Robert Scott, head of the opposing party. Hans Neuenfels directs the production, with Kirill Petrenko leading the Bayerisches Staatsorchester. Enjoy a video preview of this epic commission, featuring interviews with Srnka and Holloway, in addition to background information about the piece via Staatsoper.de.

Performances take place January 31February 3, 6, 9 & 11 and July 5. Please note the January 31 performance is now sold out, with limited ticket availability for remaining performances. ARTE.tv will air a broadcast of the production on 1/31; visit the following link for more information.

Image: Wilfried Hösl

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