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Love, illusions, delusions, romantic dreams, and even subsequent versions of our- selves… everything ends. Fascinated by psychoanalysis, the writer Judith Viorst shows in her book Necessary Losses how inevitable losses in life help us grow. The hero…

Love, illusions, delusions, romantic dreams, and even subsequent versions of our- selves… everything ends. Fascinated by psychoanalysis, the writer Judith Viorst shows in her book Necessary Losses how inevitable losses in life help us grow. The hero of Korngold’s early opera – Paul, who lives in Bruges turned into a city of the dead – cannot come to terms with his loss after the death of his wife. In a series of obsessive hallucinations he starts an affair with a woman who is a dead ringer for her. The delusion leads to a crime. Its entourage is poignant and dark, further enhanced by the expressionistic music and Kudlička’s beautiful set design, symbolically leading us to the core of madness in the final scene. Treliński’s staging keeps us in suspense like a thriller. The finale does not bring easy solutions. We must ourselves unravel the mystery of what was reality, and what was only a nightmare.