Lulu Obermayer
L’Opra Fatale—an Intervention

Performance / Commissioned work


Duration: 60 min.

Oper Graz

Production specifics
Commissioned and produced by steirischer herbst ’20

Developed within the framework of Forecast-Skills e.V.

With the kind support of Tanzhaus Zurich

Be it in life, on stage, or in the classical opera repertoire: when a woman thirsts for revenge or power, this is perceived as disturbing, mysterious, or perhaps even as a cause for scandal, while male violence is ubiquitous and seems downright banal. This autumn, artist and singer Lulu Obermayer exacts at least some mild revenge in her artistic intervention for Oper Graz (the title quotes Verdi’s Lady Macbeth). Building on her practice of critically deconstructing gender roles, she occupies the opera building together with an ensemble of female singers to temporarily recast the canonic role of the woman in the opera. She herself appears as Mistress of Ceremony, decoding the symbolic order of the stage and reexamining its clichés of female violence.

Concept, performance: Lulu Obermayer
Composition, performance: Alexandra Holtsch
Singing, performance: Margareta Klobučar, Corina Koller, Tetiana Miyus
Costumes: Marlene Haase (suit) / Isabel Toccafondi (Graz)
Technical direction: Gretchen Blegen
Model construction: Filipe Serro