Blog entries for "Opera"

Alessio Arduini‘s Impressions After the First Rehearsals of La bohème

19 JUL 2012

by Alessio Arduini  12:48 h;
published in: Opera, General

Alessio Arduini was born in Desenzano del Garda in Italy. At the age of 15, he discovered his love for singing and studied for several years with Vincenzo Rose. After various engagements in operas like Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro and I puritani in Italy, he will join the roster of the Vienna State Opera next season.
This summer, Alessio Arduini will appear in Puccini’s opera La bohème at the Salzburg Festival. In this co-production with the Shanghai Grand Theatre, he will share the stage with artists such as Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala. His role in Damiano Michieletto’s new production is that of the musician Schaunard. Over the coming weeks, he will also write about his rehearsals and his time in Salzburg. Here are some of his thoughts after the first rehearsals for La bohème.

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The Triumph of an Epochal Work • Die Soldaten by Bernd Alois Zimmermann

14 JUL 2012

published in: Opera

Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s opera Die Soldaten, which had its world premiere in Cologne in 1965, is often mentioned in the same breath as Alban Berg’s Wozzeck. Both works share the same high compositional standard, and their protest against violence and perfidy as well as their belief in human dignity send a humane and timeless message. Zimmermann’s stage work, one of the outstanding creations of modern musical theater, provides a characteristic accent in the opera program of this year’s festival. Staged by Alvis Hermanis, featuring a crowd of first-rate soloists and the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher, it will see five performances at the Felsenreitschule – an appropriate location for a work that easily transcends the boundaries of a normal picture-frame stage.

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Das Labyrinth, der zweyte Theil der Zauberflöte – Insights from Stage Director Alexandra Liedtke

13 JUL 2012

published in: Opera

1798 saw the premiere of Das Labyrinth, der zweyte Theil der Zauberflöte in Vienna – the sequel to Die Zauberflöte. Commemorating the 200th anniversary of Emanuel Schikaneder’s death, the Salzburg Festival presents this heroic and comic opera at the Residenzhof. Alexandra Liedtke directs and discusses the preparatory rehearsals and her ideas about the production in a video. 

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Discussing the Extraordinary Production of Ariadne auf Naxos with Director of Drama Sven-Eric Bechtolf

12 JUN 2012

published in: Opera

The first opera premiere of the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2012 Salzburg Festival presents a familiar work in an unfamiliar guise: Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos had its world premiere 100 years ago. The Salzburg Festival celebrates this anniversary as a way of paying homage to the three founding fathers, given that Strauss and Hofmannsthal dedicated their opera to Max Reinhardt. Sven-Eric Bechtolf directs this unconventional production, having adapted Molière’s Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, which precedes the opera in its original version.

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Zimmermann’s Opera "Die Soldaten" – Passions Far Removed from Full Dress Uniforms

26 MAR 2012

published in: Opera

The realization of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s monumental work Die Soldaten is one of the central opera productions of the upcoming Festival summer. We spoke to costume designer Eva Dessecker about her collaboration with stage director Alvis Hermanis and her passion for historical costumes that are accurate down to the last detail.

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Daniel Harding to conduct Ariadne auf Naxos instead of Riccardo Chailly

13 MAR 2012

published in: Opera

Because of health problems occurring over the past months, Riccardo Chailly’s doctors have advised him to take longer breaks between individual projects. The Salzburg Festival is happy to have engaged Daniel Harding, who led both Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro at the Salzburg Festival during recent years, in Chailly’s stead as the conductor for the new production of Ariadne auf Naxos. However, Chailly will conduct the Gewandhaus Orchestra on August 30, 2012 in Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 in A-Minor.

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A Much-Desired Carmen

28 FEB 2012

published in: Opera

Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen is not only one of the most-performed, but also one of the most popular operas on the Salzburg program this coming summer. Gabrielle Dalton, the costume designer for this co-production with the Easter Festival, has been coming to Salzburg regularly during the past months to prepare the production. She recently talked to us about her work.

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Faust I+II and an Alvis Hermanis Production at the Berlin Theatertreffen

22 FEB 2012

published in: Opera, Drama

The Salzburg Festival is pleased that Nicolas Stemann’s nine-hour production of Faust I + II, a 2011 co-production of the Salzburg Festival and the Thalia Theater Hamburg, has been invited to this year’s Theatertreffen in Berlin (May 4-20, 2012). The piece will be revived at the Berliner Festspiele – as one of the ten most remarkable productions of the season.

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Cleopatra’s State – an Interview with Costume Designer Agostino Cavalca

10 JAN 2012

published in: Opera

Agostino Cavalca, costume designer for the production Giulio Cesare in Egitto, was in Salzburg before Christmas to discuss his designs with the Salzburg Festival’s costumes and make-up team.

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The Labyrinth under the Roof

9 JAN 2012

published in: Opera, General

Emanuel Schikaneder himself wrote a sequel for his masterwork Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), entitled Das Labyrinth oder Der Kampf mit den Elementen (The Labyrinth, or the Struggle with the Elements). Going back to the tradition of popular theater, this composition by Peter von Winter, which enjoyed enormous success at its time, will be presented during the coming Festival summer at the Residenzhof. Our trailer shows how this open-air production is weather-proofed.

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