Oper Frankfurt to World Premiere Vito Zuraj’s ‘Blühen’

By David Salazar

Oper Frankfurt is set to present the world premiere of Vito Zuraj’s “Blühen” on Jan. 22, 2023.

The work, which was commissioned by Oper Frankfurt with generous support from Frankfurt Patronatsverein – Sektion Oper, will be conducted by Michael Wendeberg and directed by Brigitte Fassbaender.

It stars Bianca Andrew, Nika Goric, Michael Porter, Alfred Reiter, and Jarrett Porter, among many others.

“Blühen” is Zuraj’s second opera, following “Die Betrogene.” It tells the story of a woman who falls in love with a man young enough to be her son. The newfound love rejuvenates her physically, until she is confronted the stark reality that she has a terminal illness.

“This is more about taking time, and peace. The jokiness and volatility which my works are usually full of have been reduced here to short sections which needed a little lightening,“ Zuraj said in an official press statement.