It looks like Nibelheim, but it's actually a basement deep in the bowels of Vienna's former post and telegraph office, where fifty loudspeakers fill a maze of long corridors, chambers and engine rooms. Audiences are invited to "travel inside Wagner's brain" in Wagnerdämmerung, a multimedia immersive theatrical experience which opens tonight. Actors, singers, dancers and musicians use only original scores, correspondence and diary entries to recreate Wagner's music, his operatic characters and the people who played an important role in his life.
The show's creator, actor/director Paulus Manker, expects to recoup the 200,000 euro cost entirely from box office sales. Despite a hefty 125 euro entry price (which includes a three course dinner), the whole one-month run has almost sold out even before opening night.