The opera Mahler never wrote

The opera Mahler never wrote


norman lebrecht

January 20, 2011

Die Drei Pintos, Mahler’s completion of a work by Carl Maria von Weber, is coming up for a rare performance at University College Opera in London (details below). Its significance in Mahler’s life lies in him falling in love while working on the score with the wife of Weber’s grandson – a passion that prompted him to start writing the first symphony.

I have heard Pintos on record and in concert performance, never staged. Should be interesting.
Here’s the (sketchy) website., by the way, have a short-term special offer on Why Mahler?


  • Sebastian says:

    Thanks for pointing this out. I have happy memories of playing in the orchestra in a student production at Oxford in the 1970’s and there is a good (and cheap) recording from Wexford on Naxos