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Happy 85th birthday Cristóbal Halffter!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 March 2015

Cristóbal Halffter (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Happy 85th birthday Cristóbal Halffter!

Find an interview with the composer in our digital magazine MusikSalon.

World première of the reduced version of Halffter’s Elegías

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 October 2014

Cristóbal Halffter (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschRamón Tebar will conduct tonight’s world première of the reduced version of Cristóbal Halffter’s Elegías a la muerte de tres poetas españoles at the Auditorio Nacional de Música. Follow-up performances of the orchestral work are scheduled for on 25 and 26 October.

Cristóbal Halffter: Elegías a la muerte de tres poetas españoles
for orchestra, reduced version | 30'
24.10.2014, Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid; Orquesta Nacionales de España, cond. Ramón Tebar

Cristóbal Halffter on france musique

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 July 2014

Rodolphe Bruneau-Boulmier of france musique has recently presented a one hour long portrait on Cristóbal Halffter.

france musiqueListen to a recording of the broadcast on france musique.

Cristóbal Halffter and Wolfgang Haendeler, the librettist of Schachnovelle

 

Cristóbal Halffter receives the Kieler Kulturpreis 2014

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 30 June 2014

Cristóbal Halffter (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschYesterday, 29 June, Cristóbal Halffter received the Kieler Kulturpreis 2014 at the town hall in Kiel. The Kiel Opera House and the composer can look back on a long and highly successful collaboration: two of Halffter’s three operas (Schachnovelle and Lázaro) were commissioned by the Opera House, and his Don Quijote celebrated its first German performance there.

Congratulations!

Cristóbal Halffter: Congratulations and Happy Birthday

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 March 2014

Cristóbal Halffter (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch
Happy Birthday and congratulations on receiving the Kieler Kulturpreis 2014!

The Kiel Opera House and Cristóbal Halffter can look back on a long and highly successful collaboration: two of Halffter’s three operas (Schachnovelle and Lázaro) were commissioned by the Opera House, and his Don Quijote celebrated its first German performance there. The award ceremony will take place on 29 June.

Read more on the website of the Kiel Opera House [German].

Cristóbal Halffter on Schachnovelle:

Cristóbal Halffter: Schachnovelle

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 June 2013

Schachnovelle (c) Olaf StruckThe world première of Cristóbal Halffter’s latest opera Schachnovelle, an opera in one act based on Stefan Zweig’s novella [The Royal Game], at the Kiel Opera House on 18 May 2013 was a resounding success, as exemplified by the audience’s applause and various positive reviews from Deutschlandfunk, Merker and the nmz (which makes an interesting comparison of Halffter’s Schachnovelle and Berg’s Lulu). Wolfgang Haendeler’s excellent libretto should also be highlighted at this point, especially when one considers the original text’s lack of spoken dialogue.

Cristóbal Halffter at the world première of Schachnovelle:

Cristóbal Halffter at the world première of Schachnovelle (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler

In tempore belli

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 April 2013

Today, the Spanish première of Cristóbal Halffter’s In tempore belli, Schachnovelle's interlude, takes place at the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Here is an interview with Cristóbal Halffter on his upcoming opera Schachnovelle:

In tempore belli (2012)
for orchestra
Spanish première, 26/4/2013, Auditorio Alfredo Kraus, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, cond. Georg Fritzsch

Newsletter: Cristóbal Halffter's new opera: Schachnovelle

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 April 2013

Newsletter HalffterFind our latest Newsletter here: a special on Cristóbal Halffter's forthcoming opera Schachnovelle.

Happy Birthday Cristóbal Halffter

Posted on 24 March 2012

Cristóbal Halffter

Happy Birthday Cristóbal Halffter!

Halffter in Vienna

Posted on 13 December 2011

Cristóbal Halffter and Wolfgang Haendeler

Cristóbal Halffter was in Vienna this week to talk about his forthcoming opera Die Schachnovelle (The Chess Story).

Pictured are Halffter and the opera’s librettist, Wolfgang Haendeler.

Die Schachnovelle, based on Stefan Zweig’s novel of the same name, opens at the Kiel Opera in May 2013.