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Katja Kabanowa in Berlin

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 Juni 2017

Andrea Breth’s production of Janácek’s Katja Kabanowa – originally premièred at La Monnaie/De Munt – opens on 14 June at the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater Berlin. Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin.

You can watch their trailer here:

The Cunning Little Vixen at La Monnaie De Munt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 31 März 2017

Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen is currently running at La Monnaie De Munt. You can now watch a recording of the production on ARTE Concert:

Jenůfa in Stockholm

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 März 2017

I would bind Jenůfa simply with the black ribbon from the long illness, suffering and laments of my daughter Olga and my little boy Vladimír. (Leoš Janáček, 1924)

With his third opera Jenůfa Leoš Janáček succeeded in making his breakthrough as an operatic composer. Since the premiere of this moving story about the fate of the sexton and her stepdaughter Jenůfa at the Brno National Theatre in 1904, it has become one of the composer’s most frequently performed works. 

Annilese Miskimmon’s critically acclaimed production is currently being performed at the Royal Swedish Opera. The production opened on 18 March, further performances take place on 25, 28 and 31 March and on 3 and 6 April.

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The Cunning Little Vixen at La Monnaie / De Munt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 März 2017

Leoš Janáček (c) Janáček Museum Brno

Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen premières in the new production by Belgian artist and director Christophe Coppens tonight at La Monnaie / De Munt.

The young Italian-French conductor Antonello Manacorda leads the La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra.

Watch the trailer here:

Katya Kabanova in Seattle

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 März 2017

Leoš Janáček’s Katya Kabanova is currently running at the McCaw Hall in Seattle. Oliver von Dohnányi conducts Patrick Nolan’s Seattle Opera production.

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UE newsletter: Rihm, Janáček and Staud

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 Februar 2017

UE newsletter: Rihm, Janáček and Staud

Our latest newsletter is out now:

- Nicolas Hodges presents the UK première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Piano Concerto No 2 at the Barbican Hall

- The definitive form of Janáček’s Sinfonietta premièred in Prague

- Johannes Maria Staud’s opera Die Antilope receives its German première at the Cologne Opera

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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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Rave reviews for the ENO’s Jenůfa

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 Juli 2016

[Mark Wigglesworth] gives an unbearably moving account of the score. (Cara Chanteau, The Independent, 27 June 2016)

This is Janáček done slowly and lyrically, with the emphasis placed on the score’s dark poetry and depth of musical and psychological detail. The opera’s passion and compassion burn fiercely yet lingeringly: this is an interpretation that seeps under your skin rather than hits you in the solar plexus and is unquestionably all the more powerful for it. (Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 24 June 2016)

Wigglesworth has an extraordinary grasp of this score and the orchestra play their hearts out for him. (Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 27 June 2016)

Jenůfa, ENORight from the searing, bittersweet opening, the music’s warmth and humanity speak directly. Even the most flawed characters are given the benefit of musical nuance (John Allison, The Telegraph, 27 June 2016)

On 23 June Mark Wigglesworth and the ENO orchestra premièred David Alden’s production of Jenůfa at the English National Opera. American soprano Laura Wilde made her role debut as Jenůfa, with Michaela Martens as her stepmother the Kostelnička.

Further performances take place on 1, 6 and 8 July  find out more on the website of the English National Opera.

Watch an interview with the conductor on Jenůfa 

UE newsletter: Jenůfa, The Cunning Little Vixen and Wozzeck

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 Juni 2016

Newsletter June

Our latest newsletter – an opera special with features on current productions of The Cunning Little Vixen, Wozzeck and Jenůfa – is out now.

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Rave reviews for Katya Kabanova

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 Juni 2016

Leoš Janáček’s three-act opera Katya Kabanova is currently being staged at the Theater Krefeld Mönchengladbach.

Helen Malkowsky’s production, which is directed by Mihkel Kütson, is receiving rave reviews: find a [German] collection on the website of the Theater Krefeld Mönchengladbach.

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Jenůfa returns to Vienna

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 April 2016

Jenůfa and Katya and Makropulos are constructed like what I’d call in English “a well-made play”. They are linear stories with three acts: a beginning, a middle, an end. (David Pountney)

Tonight David Pountney’s production of Leoš Janáček’s Jenůfa (cond. Ingo Metzmacher) returns to the Wiener Staatsoper.

Read the full interview with Pountney on our MusikSalon

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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New critical edition of The Makropulos Case in Vienna

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 Dezember 2015

Die Sache Makropulos – Wiener Staatsoper, Michael Pöhn

Conductor Jakub Hrůša with Jiří Zahrádka (c) Universal Edition“If you value the characteristics of Janáček’s music, this is the ideal edition” says Dieter Flury, the Vienna Philharmonic’s principal flutist and former general manager after the Austrian première of The Makropulos Affair in Jiří Zahrádka’s revised edition at the Vienna State Opera.

Jakub Hrůša made his first appearance as conductor at the State Opera and was applauded as enthusiastically as Laura Aikin as Emilia Marty in Peter Stein’s staging of the opera.

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The Makropulos Case at the Göteborg Opera

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 November 2015

Annalena Persson (c) Mats Bäcker

“I don't know to what extent it is Janáček's calculated intention and to what extent it is his instinctive feel for drama, feel for theatre, but I believe there are actually no mistakes in this opera. It is remarkable.” (Marko Ivanović on The Makropulos Case)

Marko Ivanović is conducting The Makropulos Case by Leoš Janáček at the Göteborg Opera. David Radok’s production opened on 21 November, further performances take place on 25 and 29 November, 3, 6, 9 and 12 December and 16 and 24 January.

Watch an interview with the conductor:

The version performed is the revised edition by Jirí Zahrádka, which will also be performed this December at the Vienna State Opera.

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The Excursions of Mr Brouček in Ostrava

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 April 2015

Leoš Janáček’s The Excursions of Mr Brouček will be performed on 16 April (and also on 9 and 31 May) at the Národní divadlo moravskoslezské in Ostrava.

Watch their trailer on YouTube: