Czech opera rarities
Seldom-performed operas by Dvorák and Martinu are featured at German theatres in March and April: first off the block is the Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück on 15 March with the first staged production in Germany of Antonin Dvorák's early grand opéra Wanda (production: Robert Lehmeier / conductor: Daniel Inbal). Two weeks later, on 29 March, Theater Bremen presents Bohuslav Martinu's surrealist masterpiece Julietta in the French version, directed by John Fulljames and conducted by Clemens Heil. And two theatres are presenting Mirandolina at the same time, Martinu's enchanting setting of Carlo Goldoni's comedy with its tale of the Tuscan innkeeper versus her three male admirers. A new production at the Theater Gießen (director: Andriy Zholdak / conductor: Michael Hofstetter) has its first night on 30 March, and the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich follows on 30 April. Members of the Opera Studio will perform in the Cuvilliés-Theater. The director is Christian Stückl, Intendant of the Munich Volkstheater, and Alexander Prior conducts the Bayerisches Staatsorchester.