Rued Langgaard’s opera Antichrist is a musical work unlike any other. A personal and existential showdown with the modern world, which the composer felt had succumbed to the power of darkness.
Rued Langgaard was at the height of his art when he composed Antichrist in the 1920’s. Here, he collects his visionary thoughts in a deep and original major work, where the powers of light and darkness clash in a cosmic showdown over control of the entire world. The opera portrays how Antichrist rules over our modern society and leads the fragile human soul astray. This work was so avant-garde for its time that it was rejected by the Royal Danish Theatre. It was not until 1980, several decades after the death of Langgaard, that was Antichrist performed – by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra – and Danish music subsequently became one ingenious artwork richer. Antichrist today has international acclaim. This is in no small part due to Thomas Dausgaard, who is the leading Langgaard-conductor of our time and has put together a group of top Danish singers for this magnificent concert performance of Langgaard’s spectacular seminal work.