Just 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‹
Following 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‹
A veritable premiere of an orchestral piece found amongst Jean Barraqué’s unpublished works, and now newly edited, will take place in Cologne: the WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne under Jean-Michaël Lavoie performs Melos, a ballet music, which was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‹
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In 2014 the new Urtext edition of The Makropulos Case, one of the most remarkable of Janáček's operas, was published by Bärenreiter Praha. One of the key figures in this ground-breaking editorial project was the world-renowned Czech conductor and Janáček specialist Tomáš Hanus, who significantly contributed to the final shape of the edition. The Makropulos Case has been enjoying a true renaissance in recent years, being staged at prominent European theatres more frequently than ever. Tomáš Hanus assumed the musical direction of the initial production of the Bärenreiter Urtext edition at the Bavarian State Opera in October 2014; further productions followed, among others, in Bratislava and Innsbruck. In August 2016 The Makropulos Case will be heard at one of the world's most important music festivals - the BBC Proms in London. This time the work will be performed in concert from the new Bärenreiter Urtext edition by an ensemble of well known singers and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek. In the following article, the editors Tomáš Hanus and Jonáš Hájek deal in detail with the new edition's genesis, as well as its cultural and historical background.
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