Schott Music

Skip to Main Content »

2019/12/02

Work of the Week – Anno Schreier: Der Zauberer von Oz

On 8 December Anno Schreier’s Der Zauberer von Oz will receive its world premiere at the Theater Aachen. Christopher Ward will conduct the cast and orchestra in director Ute M. Engelhardt’s new production. Schreier’s family-orientated ‘magicopera’, liberally sets the famous story initially told in Lyman Frank Baum’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and popularised by the 1939 film adaptation. Continue reading “Work of the Week – Anno Schreier: Der Zauberer von Oz”

2019/11/11

Work of the Week – Chaya Czernowin: Heart Chamber

The world premiere of Chaya Czernowin’s opera, Heart Chamber, for Deutsche Oper Berlin takes place on 15 November conducted by Johannes Kalitzke. The production, which has been directed by Claus Guth, is realised by a small cast of soloists consisting of Patrizia Ciofi, Noa Frenkel, Dietrich Henschel, and Terry Wey. Continue reading “Work of the Week – Chaya Czernowin: Heart Chamber”

2019/11/04

Work of the Week – Richard Strauss: Die ägyptische Helena

Richard Strauss’ opera Die ägyptische Helena received its world premiere in 1923 in Dresden. This year on 9 December, a new production of the opera will open at La Scala in Milan, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst and directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf. Continue reading “Work of the Week – Richard Strauss: Die ägyptische Helena”

2019/10/14

Work of the Week – Hannah Lash: Desire

On Wednesday and Thursday 16-17 October, Miller Theatre presents the world premiere performances of Hannah Lash’s chamber opera, Desire. The production is conducted by Daniela Candillari, directed by Rachel Dickstein, and features the JACK Quartet. Continue reading “Work of the Week – Hannah Lash: Desire”

2019/09/30

Work of the Week – Rodion Shchedrin: Lolita

Rodion Shchedrin’s opera Lolita opens at the Estates Theatre in Prague on 3 October in what will be the opera’s first Czech production. The new production will be directed by Sláva Daubnerová and conducted by Sergey Neller. Following the first night there will be eight more performances in Prague until 10 January 2020. Continue reading “Work of the Week – Rodion Shchedrin: Lolita”

2019/09/09

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.

Continue reading “Work of the Week – Georges Bizet: Carmen”

2018/06/25

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”

2017/05/11

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

2016/11/15

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”

2016/11/08

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”