24.05.2017Just a year after its successful premiere at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Miroslav Srnka’s double opera South Pole receives its first performance in a reduced and revised version at the Staatstheater Darmstadt. The theatre’s artistic director Karsten Wiegand directs the legendary race between Robert Falcon Scott and the Norwegian Roald Amundsen in the Antarctic, which Srnka’s composition realizes as a musical conflict between two teams in a tremendous arc of tension. The conductor is Johannes Harneit.
The first performance takes place on 27 May 2017. Further performances are planned for 10, 18 and 21 June.(Photo: Vojtech Havlik)›more‹
24.05.2017Philipp Maintz has composed hängende gärten for large orchestra for the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin – an evocative allusion to the gardens of Babylon which Nebuchadnezzar II had built for his wife Semiramis.
The first performance is on 28 May 2017 in the Philharmonie Berlin conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.›more‹
24.05.2017Following on from Castor et Pollux, 18 June is the first night of Zoroastre, another Tragédie lyrique by Jean-Philippe Rameau staged by Berlin’s adventurous Komische Oper. The late version of 1756, which Graham Sadler has edited meticulously for the new production as part of the Opera Omnia Rameau, also deals with the eternal struggle between good and evil, embodied in the character of the priest Zoroastre (Zarathustra). ›more‹
24.05.2017A veritable premiere of an orchestral piece found amongst Jean Barraqué’s unpublished works, and now newly edited, will take place in Cologne: the WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne under Jean-Michaël Lavoie performs Melos, a ballet music, which was entered for the Prix Biarritz in 1951.›more‹
06.01.2017New productions of Manfred Trojahn’s operas can be seen in two musical capitals: the first night of a new production of Limonen aus Sizilien takes place on 12 February 2017 at the Vienna Volksoper. “Drei italienischen Geschichten” to a libretto by Wolfgang Willaschek after Luigi Pirandello and Eduardo de Felippo is directed by Mascha Pörzgen. The conductor of the nine performances is Gerrit Prießnitz. Two weeks later at Zurich Opera, Hans Neuenfels directs the Swiss premiere of the music theatre work Orest. The first night on 26 February 2017 and six further performances are conducted by Erik Nielsen at the Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz; Georg Nigl performs the title role. ›more‹
05.01.2017Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini’s third opera follows on from his earlier works with a subject full of archaic power. Edward II was commissioned by the Deutsche Oper Berlin and receives its first performance on 19 February 2017. The opera tells a story from the England of the 14th century about King Edward II, who ruled for twenty unhappy years and left a country in chaos. Power struggles, affairs and intrigues about Edward’s homosexual relationships provide a theatrical subject matter for a drama of relationships and politics. Following Scartazzini’s successful collaboration with the librettist Thomas Jonigk on Der Sandmann, the team comes together again with director Christof Loy for this production. Thomas Søndergård conducts. ›more‹
05.01.2017Kelterborn’s large-scale Musica profana for soprano, baritone and three instrumental ensembles receives its premiere on 25 February 2017 in Basel. The composer describes the work as “a secular music in space, for two voices and three ensembles placed far apart from each other, comprising a mixed ensemble with 12 performers in the centre, and 6 brass instruments and soprano, flute, saxophone, 2 guitars, accordion in a gallery, plus a baritone who moves around the space. I have set texts which I have already ‘made use of’ in earlier works: Japanese Haikus, Petrarch, Shakespeare. It has become a music about the richness of life.” The first performance on the 150th anniversary of the Basel Musik-Akademie is conducted by Heinz Holliger. ›more‹