Troubleyn | Jan Fabre

Tragedy of a Friendship

In 2013, it was 200 years since Richard Wagner was born: an ideal time to turn the spotlight on this legendary composer. The Flanders Opera invited Jan Fabre to make a creation on the subject of Wagner, who is one of his favourite artistic figures.

He was inspired by Wagner's 13 operas and the fascinating but tragic association between Wagner and Nietzsche, which ended in a feud.

In collaboration with the writer and Nietzsche expert Stefan Hertmans and the German composer Moritz Eggert, the result is an exciting new work of musical theatre.  


concept, dramaturgy, scenography Jan Fabre composition Moritz Eggert libretto Stefan Hertmans dramaturgy Miet Martens singers Lies Vandewege, Hans Peter Janssens performers Nikolaus Barton, Annabelle Chambon, Cédric Charron, Ivana Jozic, Gustav Koenigs, Silke Muys, Anne Pajunen, Kurt Vandendriessche, Solène Weinachter

recorded music: musical ensemble Nico Declerck, Jadranka Gasparovic, Lydia Kavina symphonic orchestra Vlaamse Opera costumes Andrea Kränzlin assistant costumes Kasia Mielczarek assistant scenography Bert Heytens light Jan Dekeyser, Helmut Van den Meersschaut video Pablo Casella visual effects glass domes Luca Brinchi, Roberta Zanardo, Santasangre sound designer Tom Buys technical coordination Arne Lievens production manager Ilka De Wilde coproduction Vlaamse Opera, Anvers / Concertgebouw, Bruges / Holland Festival, Amsterdam / Opéra de Lille / Théâtre de la Ville, Paris time 3h15 première 15.05.2013, Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp