Just in: Munich to open with Korngold

If anyone has doubts of the return of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, the Bavarian State Opera will dispel them by opening its next season with Die tote Stadt.

Jonas Kaufmann stars opposite Marlis Petersen.

Other new productions:

Hans Abrahamsen
THE SNOW QUEEN
Conductor: Cornelius Meister
Production: Andreas Kriegenburg
With Barbara Hannigan and Peter Rose

Béla Bartók
CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA / BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE
Conductor: Oksana Lyniv
Production: Katie Mitchell
With Nina Stemme and John Lundgren

Giuseppe Verdi
I MASNADIERI
Conductor: Michele Mariotti
Production: Johannes Erath
With Diana Damrau, Mika Kares, Charles Castronovo and Igor Golovatenko

Marina Abramović
7 DEATHS OF MARIA CALLAS
Director, sets and performance: Marina Abramović
Conductor: Yoel Gamzou
Music: Marko Nikodijević
Script: Marina Abramović, Petter Skavlan
With Marina Abramović, Willem Dafoe, Selene Zanetti, Adela Zaharia and Hera Hyesang Park

Jean-Philippe Rameau
CASTOR ET POLLUX
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
Production: Hans Neuenfels
With Emöke Barath, Caspar Singh and Edwin Crossley-Mercer
Munich Opera Festival

Giuseppe Verdi
FALSTAFF
Conductor: Kirill Petrenko
Production: Mateja Koležnik
With Wolfgang Koch, Boris Pinkhasovich, Bogdan Volkov, Aleksandra Kurzak, Okka von der Damerau
Munich Opera Festival

Ambroise Thomas
MIGNON
Conductor: Pierre Dumoussaud
Production: Christiane Lutz
Opera Studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper

 

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  • Next season announcements direct online:
    “This appears to be unprecedented for a state opera house” was the comment on Barenboim’s decision, which will take place on March 25.
    Now we have a precedent… ¿banning the press?

  • No doubt about EWK’s “return”, but what about Heliane, Kathrin, Violanta?
    (And when is Neuenfels finally putting himself out to pasture?)

    • Interesting life story. But it also reminds us that kitsch is not some ingrediënt applied to the music, but is at the heart of the one who writes it.

  • Crazy idea to give an opera stage to this silly concept artist Abramovic.

    https://www.facebook.com/canvastv/videos/marina-abramovi%C4%87-the-artist-is-present/10155628147384344/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPXShAeR6VY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6uDOC8u03s

    Because of the ephemeral nature of this sort of ‘art’, people forget it has already been done in the sixties of the last century. It is not new at all, it is old, and extremely boring and empty as well. It is not for serious people.

    She is one of those charlatans without any artistic talent, who don’t create anything artistic, but cleverly play upon the ignorance of audiences, using circulating tropes to give the impression that it is about something what she does. By calling it ‘art’, in this case: ‘performance art’, she escapes any critical parameter. It’s the result of ‘art theory’, a concept born from the dark heart of modernist ideology, to give people with ambition but without artistic talents, for the first time in human history, a chance to get their 15 minutes of fame, and to acquire an income. Shame on you, stupid Müncheners.

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