Theater Basel to Reopen with ‘Intermezzo’ Production

By Francisco Salazar

The Theater Basel in Switzerland will reopen on April 22 for a limited audience.

The company will open its doors to the public with its staging of Strauss’ “Intermezzo” for an audience of no more than 50. The work will be performed in its entire two-hour and 45 minutes run time with no interval in a staging by  Herbert Fritsch.

Clemens Heil conducts the rarely performed work starring soprano Rachel Harnisch and baritone Günter Papendell who play and sing the roles of an unhappy couple.

The news comes as the Swiss government will begin easing restrictions despite the fragile conditions. The country will allow restaurants and bars, to open outdoor seating areas, while cinemas and other leisure facilities will reopen, as will outdoor and indoor sports facilities.

“Intermezzo” will be performed through May 21.