In 1939, at the age of 21, Gottfried von Einem came across the first play written by 22-year-old Georg Büchner – and was overwhelmed. The result of this encounter, Dantons Tod [Danton’s Death], was the first opera by a living composer to be premiered at the Salzburg Festival. Unlike in Büchner’s play, the people – the revolution – play one of the leading roles and the chorus scenes are among the most effective that were composed by von Einem in his basically tonal score. The work has maintained its important role in the opera repertoire to this day.
To mark the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth, the work now returns to the Vienna State Opera. Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her debut at the Vienna State Opera in Josef Ernst Köpplinger’s brand new production.
The première on 24 March will be broadcast live on Radio Ö1. Further performances take place on 27 and 31 March and on 3, 6 and 9 April.
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