The Disruption of Order: Achim Freyer's Scenography for Opera
Ewa Kara;Yin Yunhui;
This article presents a close analysis of the operatic productions of the German scenographer Achim Freyer. Although a crucially important designer–director in opera and a key visual artist in theatre, Freyer's oeuvre has received comparatively little treatment in Anglophone scholarship. I argue that his work forms part of a broad new paradigm in operatic scenography, which departs from previously dominant modes. This change is a complex one, bound up sociologically and politically with the globalization of opera; its aesthetics include new and reimagined modes of stylization, abstraction and theatricality. While Freyer's work fits within this model, it must also be analyzed on its own terms, to appreciate the radicalism and creativity of his approach.