Dan Tanson

Director, Stage, Lighting

Students of the Barenboim-Said Akademie


Igor Stravinsky

The Soldier's Tale

Approximate running time: 1h without intermission

A common soldier, on leave from the troops, trades in his scratched violin for a promise of riches. But he has made a deal with the devil—which he only comes to realize when he returns to his village. An unconventional piece of music theater, The Soldier’s Tale was first seen on stage in 1918 in Lausanne. In their work, Igor Stravinsky and the Swiss writer Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz employ simple means to address a question that many people—children and adults alike—have asked themselves again and again: what makes us really happy?

Performance time 60 minutes / Age 6 and older / In German