Olga Neuwirth / »The Outcast«

Portrait Olga Neuwirth

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The Elbphilharmonie as Whaler on a Brawly Sea

Herman Melville’s books are classics of world literature. In his most famous novel »Moby Dick«, the American author not only tells a gripping story about the hunt for the white whale, he also captures the world of his time in a number of philosophical and mythological digressions. No surprise, then, that countless artists from all genres continue to be drawn to this literary masterpiece. One of these artists is Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth, who used Melville’s life and work as a model for »The Outcast«.

In the work, the aging writer Melville ruminates on his childhood, on his writing, on power and powerlessness, and on the enigmatic, unfathomable sea. With help from British video designer Netia Jones, the Elbphilharmonie is transformed into a whaler on the tempestuous seas – a reminder of times past when Hamburg also served as a base from which the gentle giants of the ocean were ruthlessly hunted.


ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

Company of Music vocal ensemble

Münchner Knabenchor choir

Emily Hindrichs Ishmaela / soprano

Omar Ebrahim Ahab, Captain of the Pequod / baritone

Daniel Gloger Queequeg, first harpooneer / countertenor

Georgette Dee Bartleby, the scrivener / chansonette

Johan Leysen Old Melville, the writer / narrator

Steve Karier Father Mapple / acting

Jan Petryka Starbuck, chief mate / tenor

Matthias Helm Stubb, second mate / baritone

Joel Beer Pip, the cook boy / soprano

conductor Ilan Volkov

Netia Jones design, video

Gilbert Nouno sound


Olga Neuwirth
The Outcast. Homage to Herman Melville. / A musicstallation-theater with video (Libretto: Barry Gifford)

Pre-Concert Talk with Olga Neuwirth and Bernhard Günther
19:00 / Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Großer Saal

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Elbphilharmonie for Connoisseurs 2


Operas and Oratorios

Music Theatre


Portrait Olga Neuwirth

Promoter: HamburgMusik

A co-production between ORF RSO Wien, Wien Modern, Wiener Konzerthaus and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

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Taking Herman Melville's visionary seafaring novel »Moby Dick« as her starting point, Olga Neuwirth has created in »The Outcast« a work about the global crisis of our time.

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