© Anna-Maria Löffelberger


Stuart MacRae

In English language with German and English subtitles.

Libretto von Louise Welsh

Österreichische Erstaufführung: 26. Mai 2024 / Landestheater


An intriguing music theatre thriller that explores burning current topics of society: Stuart MacRae’s opera, which premiered in Scotland in 2019, sees its Austrian premiere at the Salzburg State Theatre.

On an expedition to the Polar Circle, the research ship “Anthropocene” is trapped in pack ice. Faced with isolation and the danger of death, tensions surface and the relationships within the research team are put to the test. But everything changes when the scientists discover a frozen creature in the icy wilderness …

The “Anthropocene” is the geological era marked by humanity as the dominating influence on the entire world. In our quest for new knowledge, technologies, inventions and utopias we are travelling to the ends of the earth. But what is awaiting us there? The libretto by Louise Welsh is further intensified by the dense, powerful musical language of Scottish composer Stuart MacRae, in which dissonances and melody compete. After its world premiere at the Scottish Opera, press reviews enthusiastically praised its “gripping dramatic suspense and superb dramaturgic plot.” Stuart MacRae (*1976) is often cited among the most interesting contemporary composers. He has composed music for the London Sinfonietta and the BBC Proms and was Composer-in-Association at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. “Anthropocene” is his fourth collaboration with librettist Louise Welsh, who has made a name for herself as a writer of mystery thrillers.

Musical director Leslie Suganandarajah conducts the Austrian premiere of the opera “Anthropocene”, staged by Agnessa Nefjodov.



Duration: 2h 15min / including one brake


Musical Director Leslie Suganandarajah

Director Agnessa Nefjodov

State Design Volker Thiele

Costume Design Nicole von Graevenitz

Dramaturgie Vinda Miguna

Ice, a young woman Anita Giovanna Rosati

Professor Prentice, scientist, expedition leader Meredith Hoffmann-Thomson

Daisy, artist Katie Coventry

Vasco, ship's crew Luke Sinclair

Harry King, owner of the "Anthropocene", Daisy's father William Ferguson

Miles, journalist Samuel Pantcheff

Charles, scientist, Prentice's husband George Humphreys

Captain Ross, ship's captain Tristan Hambleton

Orchester Mozarteumorchester Salzburg

Audio introduction

von Anna Lea