30/08/2012

Franz Schreker: Der Schatzgräber in Amsterdam

Reading time: 1 min. New Production Franz Schreker

Paul Bekker wrote about the world première of Der Schatzgräber[nbsp] [“The Treasure-Seeker”] (Frankfurt, 1920) in the journal Musikblätter des Anbruch:

“If the indications are not deceptive, then the opera literature is richer by another work, marked by great superficial success and its considerable determination of the future of the genre itself.

The way from the cultish concept of music drama in the Wagnerian sense, back to opera with its intoxicating music and sunlight, with all its illogical irreality, its lambent fantasticality, the joy of colourful changes of scenes, the transitions to purely emotionally musical ground – the path which the Italians, the recent French, d’Albert, and most recently Richard Strauss have tried to break through – Schreker has found it.” (Trans: Grant Chorley)

The Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam, is giving a new production of this opera, directed by Ivo van Hove; Marc Albrecht is the musical director. The première is on 1 September 2012, followed by seven further performances.

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