Klagenfurt: Rusalka

13 September 2018, Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria Antonín Dvořák: Rusalka (premiere) Directed by: Eva-Maria Höckmayr, music director: Nicholas Carter Cast: Pumeza Matshikiza (Rusalka), Robert Watson (Prince), Ursula Hesse von den Steinen (Witch/Foreign Princess), Martin Snell (Water Goblin) and others Language: Czech with German subtitles Following performances: 15, 18, 20, 22, 26 and 28 Sep, 5, 10, 13 … Read more

Miloš Štědroň: Tanze di Anima et di Corpo (world premiere)

22 July 2018, church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and St. Wenceslas, Znojmo – Louka;  church of James the Greater, Vratěnín; Abbey church, Geras; Town hall church, Retz “Tour de Organ” Music Festival Znojmo Miloš Štědroň: Tanze di Anima et di Corpo (world premiere) Organ: Martin Jakubíček / Martin Bernreuther / Ines Schüttengruber

Linz: Brundibár

„How to talk about the terrors and inhumanity of the Nazi period to kids? And how to speak about those whose names have never made it to historical literature?” These are the questions Landestheater Linz was trying to answer in their new production of Hans Krása’s children’s opera Brundibár premiered on 31 March. Conductor Martin Braun and … Read more

Miroslav Srnka at the DIALOGE festival, Salzburg

Miroslav Srnka, the most successful Czech composer today, was the main star of DIALOGE 2017, contemporary music festival held by the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation. Forming the dramaturgical basis of the festival, his music was being performed several times over the 4 days – as the festival’s name suggests – in dialogues with other contemporary, classical, electronic or film … Read more

Vienna. Viktor Ullmann: Emperor of Atlantis

Thirty years since the last performance, Viktor Ullmann’s Emperor of Atlantis returned onto the stage of the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. The new production of this one-act opera, composed in 1943 in the Theresienstadt ghetto, was premiered on 11 January on the Kammeroper scene. The director is Rainer Vierlinger, the theatre’s long-standing collaborator for whom … Read more

Make No Noise. Chamber opera by Miroslav Srnka at the Bregenzer Fespiele

The 71st year of the Bregenzer Festspiele festival (Vorarlberg, Austria) presented a new production of Make No Noise, chamber opera by a renowned Czech composer Miroslav Srnka. Directed by Johannes Erath, it was performed on 17 and 19 August in the modern Werkstattbühne hall. Commissioned by the Bavarian State Opera, Make No Noise was written in 2011 … Read more

Concert of music by Ondřej Adámek at the Carinthischer Sommer festivaů

Held regularly from as early as 1969, the Carinthischer Sommer festival in Villach, the metropolis of the federal state of Carinthia, is one of the best known and most popular festivals in Austria. This year among those representing the contemporary music scene was the composer Ondřej Adámek (*1979), one of the festival’s Artists in Residence for 2016. … Read more

Vienna: The Diary of One who Disappeared

The German version of Janáček’s song cycle The Diary of One who Disappeared (1917-1919) was given its premiere on 8 April in Vienna. Composed by a nearly 65-year-old Janáček as a love declaration for an unattainable woman, this passionate story consisting of 21 short songs to the poetry of Ozef Kalda was performed in the stylish Razumovsky Salon … Read more

Graz: The Greek Passion

On 5 March the Austrian Oper Graz premiered a new production of The Greek Passion (1954-1959), Bohuslav Martinů’s opera masterpiece. One of the reasons for choosing this work particularly is without any doubt the topic of Martinů’s libretto, based on the novel of the same name by the Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis, whose plot, depicting the arrival of … Read more

Innsbruck: The Makropulos Affair

On 13th February the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck premiered a new production of Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair. It was also the very first performance of the work on the stage of this Austrian opera house in history. The members of the creative team, who already worked together on the successful production of Eugen d’Albert’s Tiefland (1903) two years ago, … Read more