New 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‹
Andrea 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‹
Kelterborn’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‹
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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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