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Work of the Week – Georges Bizet: Carmen

Banner Bizet Carmen (c) Royal Theatre Copenhagen

The tragedy of Bizet’s Carmen has gripped audiences and inspired countless productions since its first performance in 1875. Today, the opera is one of the most well-known and frequently performed works in the genre. On 14 September, a new production by Barrie Kosky opens at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, conducted by Alexander Vedernikov. The new production will use material from Verlagsgruppe Hermann’s “Edition Meisterwerke”, which brings together all previously published versions of the work into a single critical edition allowing for direct comparison of the differences between individual publications.

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Work of the week – Toshio Hosokawa: Erdbeben. Träume

On 1 July, Toshio Hosokawa’s new opera Erdbeben. Träume, commissioned by the Staatstheater Stuttgart, will receive its world premiere in a production by Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito with Oper Stuttgart. This will be Jossi Wieler’s last production before Viktor Schoner takes over the management of the opera house next season. Continue reading “Work of the week – Toshio Hosokawa: Erdbeben. Träume”


Infinite Now: Composer Portrait Chaya Czernowin (Video)

After Chaya Czernowin’s latest opera Infinite Now has been premiered at the Vlaamse Opera in Gent and Antwerp, Nationaltheater Mannheim is presenting the German premiere on 26 May, followed by the French premiere in June. In this film, Czernowin talks about her musical roots, her world of sound and the approach to the new opera.

A film by Gabriele Faust and students of the music communications department of the University of Cologne, 2017

Musical excerpts:
1) Chaya Czernowin: “anea crystal: seed I for string quartet” [© WERGO, a Division of Schott Music & Media]
2) Chaya Czernowin: “Die Kreuzung”, [© mode records]
3) Ko Takasugi-Czernowin: Knowles Pain Hall / Pink Grey Sky [© courtsey of Ko Takasugi-Czernowin]
4) Chaya Czernowin: “Infinite Now”, 3. Akt [© courtsey of Vlaamse Opera Gent]

Cast and Crew:
with Chaya Czernowin and Carlo Lorenzi (IRCAM Paris)
Production: Ideale Audiance SAS, Paris
Camera: Marine Tadié
Sound: Timothée Alazraki
Head of production: Claire Lion
Production co-ordination: Lillana Champenois
Producer: Pierre-Olivier Bardet
Editor: Tim Schmitz, Rheinklangstudio Köln

With generous support of Pro Musica Viva – Maria Strecker-Daelen Stiftung, Mainz


Work of the Week: George Gershwin – Porgy and Bess

On 13 November the complete original version of George and Ira Gershwin’s classic opera Porgy and Bess will premiere at La Scala in Milan in an evening dedicated to the memory of conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who passed away earlier this year. The production is directed by his brother, Philipp Harnoncourt, and conducted by Alan Gilbert. Continue reading “Work of the Week: George Gershwin – Porgy and Bess”


Work of the Week: Karl Amadeus Hartmann – Simplicius Simplicissimus

On 11 November, Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s 1930s opera Simplicius Simplicissimus will be given its UK premiere at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. The Independent Opera production, directed by Polly Graham with Timothy Redmond conducting the Britten Sinfonia, will use a new English translation by David Poutney. Continue reading “Work of the Week: Karl Amadeus Hartmann – Simplicius Simplicissimus”


Work of the Week – Richard Wagner: The Flying Dutchman

On 20 October, Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman (“Der Fliegende Holländer”) will celebrate its opening night at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, Belgium. Directed by Tatjana Gürbacas and conducted by Cornelius Meister and Philipp Pointer, the production will run until 4 November, followed by performances in Gent until the 22 November. This production is the first to use material for The Flying Dutchman from the Richard Wagner Complete Edition.

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Work of the Week – Nino Rota: Aladino e la lampada magica

A new production of Nino Rota’s Aladino e la lampada magica (“Aladdin and the Magic Lamp”) directed by Julien Ostini will open in Saint-Etienne in France on 16 October, performed by the Orchestre Symphonique Saint-Etienne Loire and conducted by Laurent Touche. The fairytale opera will be performed in a French translation.

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Work of the Week – Hans Werner Henze: Elegy for Young Lovers

On 2 July, a production of Henze’s opera Elegy for Young Lovers will be staged by the Armel Opera Competition and the Liszt Academy in celebration of what would have been Henze’s 90th birthday on 1 July. The production will be directed by András Almási-Tóth with the Pannon Philharmonic conducted by Gergely Vajda at the Thália Theatre, Budapest.

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