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La Gazetta | 2019

GIOACHINO ROSSINI • LA GAZZETTA

Premiere January 20th, 2019 | Salzburger Landestheater

Dramma per musica in two acts

CREATIVE TEAM

Musical Direction and Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
Director: Alexandra Liedtke
Stage Design: Falko HeroldEva Musil
Costume Design: Johanna Lakner

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Figaro | 2018

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART • LE NOZZE DI FIGARO

Premiere January 20th, 2018 | Salzburger Landestheater

Opera buffa in four acts / libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte based on Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchai’s play “La folle journée ou le mariage de Figaro”

CREATIVE TEAM

Musical Direction and Conductor, Adrian Kelly
Director, Jacopo Spirei
Stage and Costume Design, Bettina Richter

CAST

Il Conte di Almaviva, George Humphreys/Elliott Carlton Hines
La Contessa di Almaviva, Anne-Fleur Werner/Angela Davis
Susanna, Laura Nicurescu
Figaro, Aubrey Allicock
Cherubino, Shahar Lavi
Marcellina, Frances Pappas
a.o.

Chor des Salzburger Landestheaters
Mozarteumorchester Salzburg

Booking: Salzburger Landestheater

Wozzeck | 2017

ALBAN BERG • WOZZECK

Premiere August 8th, 2017 | Haus für Mozart | Salzburg Festival 2017

Opera in three acts, Op. 7 (1917-22)

Louise Bourgeois, “Insomnia”

Libretto by Alban Berg after Georg Büchner’s fragmentary play Woyzeck (1836)

New production
Salzburg Festival 2017
Sung in German with German and English surtitles
Coproduction with the Metropolitan Opera, New York,
and the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto

PERFORMANCE DATES

With German and English surtitles

CREATIVE TEAM

Vladimir Jurowski, Conductor
William Kentridge, Director
Luc De Wit, Co-Director
Sabine Theunissen, Sets
Greta Goiris, Costumes
Catherine Meyburgh, Video Compositor & Editor
Urs Schönebaum, Lighting
Kim Gunning, Video Operator

CAST

Matthias Goerne, Wozzeck
John Daszak, Drum Major
Mauro Peter, Andres
Gerhard Siegel, Captain
Jens Larsen, Doctor
Tobias Schabel, First Apprentice
Huw Montague Rendall*, Second Apprentice
Heinz Göhrig, Madman
Asmik Grigorian, Marie
Frances Pappas, Margret

Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor
Wolfgang Götz, Children’s Chorus Master
Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus
Ernst Raffelsberger, Chorus Master
Vienna Philharmonic

* Member of the Young Singers Project – Supported by the Kühne Foundation

Salzburger Bachchor
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

Mahagonny | 2017

BRECHT/WEILL • AUFSTIEG UND FALL DER STADT MAHAGONNY

Premiere April 30th, 2017 | Salzburger Landestheater

Schedule

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny © Christina Canaval

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny © Christina Canaval

Musical Direction Adrian Kelly
Director Jacopo Spirei
Stage Design Eva Musil
Costumes Bettina Richter

 

 

“Hello, my respectable gentlemen Brecht and Weill; your days should be numbered just like your revolting town of Mahagonny’’, wrote the music magazine following the scandalous première of “Mahoganny’’ on 9th March 1930 in Leipzig.  The audience were confronted with a piece that was brutal and needlessly provocative, coupled with the meaningless and ultimately self-destructive workings of capitalistic society.

First of all, a town was founded. Fatty, Moses and the widow Begbick decide to create a place in the world that should make money.  They wanted to outwit the system that they had chosen and christen it “Mahagonny, the Traptown’’. But the system could not be outwitted, and the traps remained empty. People visiting Mahagonny do not bring money, only dissatisfaction. The longing for zero is the one Utopia left. Only Jim Mahoney conceives a concept of being alive that reveals the fundamental questions of our time: How do we want to live? What does society mean? And:
in what way am I human?

Whilst Kurt Weil (1900-1950) in the late 1920’s, was composing the music for “Mahagonny’’, Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) was working on the first draft of his “Theory of the Epic Theatre’’ in which he made fun of the normal workings of opera. He called for “a radical separation of the elements’’ by means of which “music, speech and i
mage…would contain more independence.’’

Jacopo Spirei, who at the Salzburg State Theatre was responsible for the Don Giovanni rehearsals and the Austrian Première of Brokeback Mountain, now brings to the stage Weills’ and Brecht’s social-critical Musical. The Mozarteum Orchestra plays under the direction of Conductor Adrian Kelly.

 

Salzburg Festival | 2016

THOMAS ADÈS • THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL

World premiere July 28th, 2016 | Haus für Mozart, Salzburg

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Opera in two acts by Thomas Adès (*1971)
Text by Tom Cairns (*1952) in collaboration with Thomas Adès
based on Luis Buñuel’s and Luis Alcoriza’s screenplay for the film El ángel exterminador by Luis Buñuel (1900–1983)

Work commissioned by the Salzburg Festival in coproduction with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Den Kongelige Opera, Copenhagen

Performances

With German and English surtitles

CREATIVE TEAM

Thomas Adès, Conductor
Tom Cairns, Director
Hildegard Bechtler, Sets and Costumes
Jon Clark, Lighting
Christian Arseni, Dramaturgy
Alois Glaßner, Chorus Master

CAST

Amanda Echalaz, Lucía
Audrey Luna, Leticia
Anne Sofie von Otter, Leonora
Sally Matthews, Silvia
Christine Rice, Blanca
Sophie Bevan, Beatriz
Charles Workman, Nobile
Frédéric Antoun, Raúl
David Adam Moore, Colonel
Iestyn Davies, Francisco
Ed Lyon, Eduardo
Eric Halfvarson, Russell
Thomas Allen, Roc
John Tomlinson, Doctor
Morgan Moody, Julio
Franz Gürtelschmied, Enrique
Rafael Fingerlos, Pablo
Frances Pappas, Meni
Anna Maria Dur, Camila

Salzburger Bachchor
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

Salzburger Landestheater | 2016

STORMY INTERLUDE | MAX BRAND

PREMIERE: MAY 21st, 2016 OPERA IN ONE ACT / LIBRETTO BY THE COMPOSER

PORTFOLIO

CREATIVE TEAM

Conductor | Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Director | Amélie Niermeyer
Sets and costumes | Maria-Alice Bahra, Jan Schroeder
Dramaturgy | Svenja Gottsmann

CAST

Mrs. Lambert | Frances Pappas
Mona | Hannah Bradbury
The Stranger | Jason Cox
First State Trooper | Raimundas Juzuitis
Second State Trooper | Elliott Carlton Hines
Orchester Mozarteumorchester Salzburg
Chor Mitglieder des Chores des Salzburger Landestheaters

 

A »Stormy Interlude« (a truly stormy Intermezzo…) comes about for young Mona who has been extremely bored with her life. Day after day she observes the comings and goings of the travellers in her guest house.  And every day Mona yearns more and more for an adventure.  But one rainy November night everything changed when she saw a stranger at the door who looked exactly like what she had imagined. According to her fiancé Elmer this was the criminal »Willy the Charmer» who was sought after country wide. Mona is torn between duty and longing and feels totally confused.

The Austrian composer Max Brand experienced his most successful years during the final years of the Weimar Republic. After Hitler seized power in 1933 Brand’s works were no longer performed. In 1938 he escaped into exile and emigrated to the USA through Brazil. Only in 1975 did he return to Austria, where he died in 1980. A large part of his work went missing in the confusion of the post-war years.

The Salzburg State Theatre has taken on the task of staging Brand’s forgotten opera »Stormy Interlude« of 1955 as a world première. Director Amélie Niermeyer is no stranger to the Salzburg public, having on previous occasions generated huge enthusiasm with her interpretations of »Wozzeck«, »The Clemency of Titus« and »Rigoletto«. The Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra are playing under the baton of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.

Schwetzingen | 2016

VEREMONDA, l’AMAZZONE d’ARAGONA

Francesco Cavalli 1602 – 1676 | Musik – Giulio Strozzi 1583 – 1652 | Libretto

schwetzingen_blogPORTFOLIO

CREATIVE TEAM

Gabriel Garrido | Musikalische Leitung
Amélie Niermeyer | Regie
Stefanie Seitz | Bühne
Kirsten Dephoff | Kostüme
Gerrit Jurda | Lichtdesign
Tina Hartmann – Ina Karr | Dramaturgie

CAST

Netta Or | Veremonda
Polina Pasztircsák | Vespina
Lawrence Zazzo | Delio
Matthias Rexroth | Re Alfonso – Sole – Furore
Frances Pappas | Zaide
Peter Felix Bauer | Roldano
Marie-Christina Haase | Zelemina

Ensemblemitglieder des Staatstheaters Mainz
Concerto Köln

Freitag, 29. April 2016
19 Uhr Rokokotheater
Einführung: 18 Uhr Kammermusiksaal

Termine / performances

Deutsche Erstaufführung | Koproduktion der Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele mit dem Staatstheater Mainz

 

Francesco Cavalli avancierte nach dem Tod Claudio Monteverdis zum berühmtesten italienischen Opernkomponisten seiner Epoche. Am Ende umfasste sein Bühnenœuvre mehr als 30 vollendete Stücke. In der Bibliothek von San Marco, wo Cavalli maestro di cappella war, stieß der australische Dirigent und Barockforscher Aaron Carpenè auf die dreiaktige Oper »Veremonda, l’amazzone di Aragona«, uraufgeführt 1652 in Neapel. Bei den Schwetzinger SWR Festspielen wird in der Regie von Amélie Niermeyer das von Liebesnöten, heik- len Verwirrnissen und arglistigen Ränken prall angefüllte Werk zur deutschen Erstaufführung gelangen.

Es kommt zur martialischen Kollision von Okzident und dem kei- neswegs despektierlich porträtierten Orient. In der von der mauri- schen Königin Zelemina beherrschten Festung von Gibraltar hat man sich erfolgreich gegen die christlichen Belagerer zur Wehr gesetzt. Delio, des aragonischen Königs oberster Feldherr, hat sich in die schöne Königin verliebt und lenkt für zärtliche Rendezvous des Nachts immer wieder seinen Kahn zum Kai. Auch der in die Betrachtung des gestirnten Himmels vernarrte spanische König zeigt wenig Kampfesgeist. An der Gattin König Alfonsos, der einstigen Amazonenkönigin Veremonda, liegt es deshalb, mit ihren mutigen Mitstreiterinnen die Sache militärisch auszufechten.

 

Tahir (WP) | Salzburg

A CELEBRATION FOR FREEDOM | OPERA BY HOSSAM MAHMOUD

Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Director: Yekta Kara
Setdesigner: Christian Floeren

WORLD PREMIERE

Premiere: 17.05.2015, Salzburger Landestheater

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