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UE newsletter: September 2016

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 September 2016

We just sent out our latest newsletter:

– The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra presents Weill’s and Brecht’s The Lindbergh Flight in St. Louis.

– The Zuger Sinfonietta premières Paul Leonard Schäffer’s instrumentation of Alban Berg’s 7 Early Songs for chamber orchestra.

– Belgian première of the new critical edition of The Makropulos Affair at the Opera Vlaanderen.

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Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny in Chile

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 Juni 2016

The Teatro Municipal de Santiago has published a trailer for Marcelo Lombardero’s over-the-top production of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, which was premièred on 23 June:

Further performances will take place on 28, 29 and 30 June and on 1 July – find out more on the website of the Teatro Municipal de Santiago.

Read a [Spanish] review on Arte Al Limite

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny in Münster

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 April 2016

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny in Münster (c) Universal Edition, Sarah Standke

Ulrich Peters’ production of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny was premièred on 9 April and is currently being staged at the Theater Münster.

Find a [German] review on Münstersche Zeitung:

Das große Fressen endet tödlich

Read the latest MusikSalon!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 März 2016

The latest issue of the MusikSalon is out now!

In an in-depth interview, Georg Friedrich Haas talks about his opera Morgen und Abend. Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House, and Michael Boder, who conducted the world première, are also interviewed.

Furthermore, two important works from the UE catalogue will be presented: the violin concertos by Georg Friedrich Haas and Kurt Weill, for which we interviewed the soloists Ernst Kovacic and Benjamin Schmid.

You can watch the trailer here:

Krenek, Weill & the Moderns

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 Februar 2016

Kurt Weill Fest

The Kurt Weill Festival kicks off today at the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau.

Artist-in-Residence Ernst Kovacic, Ariane Matiakh and the German Philharmonic Orchestra Rhineland-Palatinate open the festival with works by Weill, Krenek, Stravinsky and Mussorgsky.

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UE newsletter: Jeanne d’Arc and Emilia Marty in Germany

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 Februar 2016

Universal Edition NewsletterOur latest newsletter is out now:

- Walter Braunfels’ Jeanne d’Arc in Cologne

- the new critical edition of Janáček’s The Makropulos Case in Berlin

- Krenek, Weill and the Moderns: the 24th Kurt Weill Festival

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The Threepenny Opera in Vienna

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 Januar 2016

Die Dreigroschenoper (c) Theater an der Wien

Keith Warner’s new production of The Threepenny Opera premières today at the Theater an der Wien.

Johannes Kalitzke conducts the Klangforum Wien, the production stars Tobias Moretti, Florian Boesch, Anne Sofie von Otter, Nina Bernsteiner, Angelika Kirchschlager and others.

Watch a short introduction to the production by Austrian TV station ORF.

Find out more on the website of the Theater an der Wien

Weill and Krenek at the Kurt-Weill-Fest 2016

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 29 Oktober 2015

Kurt-Weill-Fest

The full programme of the Kurt-Weill-Fest 2016 has been announced. The festival will be running from 26 February until 13 March under the slogan “Krenek, Weill & die Moderne”.

Among the special guests of the festival are artist-in-residence Ernst Kovacic, Nina Hagen and HK Gruber.

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny in Rome

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 12 Oktober 2015

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (c) Yasuko Kageyama / Teatro dell’Opera di Roma 2014-2015

Graham Vick’s production of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma underlines the high topicality of Brecht’s and Weill’s work.

The opera, which stars Willard White as Dreieinigkeitsmoses and Measha Brueggergosman as Jenny Hill, will still be performed three more times this month: on 13, 15 and 17 October.

Read Cristina Iacoboni’s (Italian) review on Online Merker.

A trailer is available on YouTube:

Universal Edition at the Salzburg Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 16 Juli 2015

Universal Edition Newsletter- Wolfgang Rihm: Die Eroberung von Mexico

- Kurt Weill: The Threepenny Opera

- Celebrating the 90th birthday of Pierre Boulez

- The Barber of Seville for children

Find out more about Universal Edition at this year’s Salzburg Festival in our current newsletter.

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The Continuum Ensemble presents Swept Away

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 15 Juni 2015

Swept AwayMusic in 1920s Berlin and Vienna: cool, sleek, jazzy and very modern. A generation of young composers swept away the 19th century and established a new kind of music that was bold, astringent, accessible and topical. But by 1934, denounced by the Nazi government and their music banned, they were swept away into exile leaving their work neglected and forgotten for over seventy-five years.

Ripe for rediscovery, the exciting opera, chamber, orchestral and vocal music of Ernst Toch, Kurt Weill, Erwin Schulhoff, Mischa Spoliansky, Friedrich Hollander and others of this lost generation is performed in a festival of five concerts over three days, much of it never before performed in the U.K.

Featuring outstanding singers and soloists as well as informative pre-concert talks, the Continuum Ensemble presents Swept Away, a festival that takes place at the Kings Place from 19 to 21 June.

You can find the full programme on the website of Kings Place.

Mahagonny at the Royal Opera House

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 März 2015

Tonight, John Fulljames presents a new production of Bertolt Brecht’s and Kurt Weill's “furiously impassioned operatic satire” Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Find out more on the website of the Royal Opera House.

On Wednsday 1 April, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny will be screened live in various cinemas all over the world – find out more with the ROH’s Screening search.

Kurt Weill in Edinburgh and Tokyo

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 18 September 2014

The Threepenny Opera (c) New National Theatre

Artistic director Miyata Keiko has opened the New National Theatre’s fifth season with a production of The Threepenny Opera. The work forms the ninth production in the series “JAPAN MEETS─A Look at the Lineage of Contemporary Drama”. The production will be running until 28 September.

Ute Lemper (c) Elena Torre, CCOn 15 August, German chanteuse and actress Ute Lemper joined the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for an evening of “Weimar Republic decadence” at the Edinburgh International Festival, with music by Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler and Igor Stravinsky.

The two-and-a-half-hour long programmewill be available for stream for four weeks on BBC Radio 3, where you can also find a list of works performed.

 

Brecht’s and Weill’s Der Jasager in Budapest

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 September 2014

Bertolt Brecht’s and Kurt Weill’s school opera Der Jasager will be performed today by Eszter Novák and students of the University of Theatre and Film Arts at the Budapest Festival Theatre. Zsolt Jankó conducts the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

The school opera goes back to the Japanese fable Tanikô, a play from the Nôh theatre. Weill composed Der Jasager in the first half of 1930, pausing only for the turbulent première of Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny on 9 March 1930. The term “school opera” gave Weill a number of possibilities for combining the concepts of “education” and “opera”: the opera teaches the composer – or a whole new generation of composers – to approach the operatic genre in a new way. But it is also a question of re-training the process of operatic performance, with the end goal of staging the work so naturally and simply that children become the ideal performers. And finally, Weill also considered “school operas” as meant for use in schools: “it is thus essential that a piece for schools should give children the opportunity to learn something, beyond the joy of making music.”

 

Der Lindberghflug, 1929

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 Juli 2014

Bertolt Brecht, Der Lindberghflug, 1929; Original radio setting | © Bertolt BrechtKurt Weill’s and Bertolt Brecht’s  Der Lindberghflug (also Der Ozeanflug / The Flight across the Ocean) was premièred 85 years ago, on 27 July 1929 at the Kurhaus Baden-Baden.

Aged just 26, Kurt Weill realised that radio offered the potential for a new genre of art. Subtitled ‘Radiolehrstück’ (teaching piece for radio), Der Lindberghflug was a product of this idea. It consists of 16 short sections, the shortest lasting barely a minute and the longest four minutes. The rapid alternation of soloists (narrator, tenor, baritone, bass), choir passages and instrumental interludes, as well as of styles – recitative, ‘sprechgesang’ (speech-song), baroque-style passages for choir, Weill’s typical bitter-sweet melodies – creates immense dramatic tension. It is not surprising that Weill also envisaged the work for stage.