Janáček’s From the House of the Dead in Vienna

Reading time: 1 min. Leoš Janácek

A group of men somewhere in a loft on the 44th floor. The mood is nervous, aggression is in the air. The mafia boss appears and announces who is to be today’s victim …

This is how the Vienna State Opera announces the contents of Janáček’s opera From the House of the Dead, which premières on 11 December 2011.

The State Opera is showing the controversial production by Peter Konwitschny from the Zurich Opera house. Franz Welser-Möst conducts.

UE is currently working on a new edition of the score of the opera under the careful eye of John Tyrell. His work is based on the provisional edition he created together with Sir Charles Mackerras in 1990. The new version attempts to get closer to Janacek’s artistic vision than the existing editions, including various radical elements that have never before been heard.

Leos Janácek: From the House of the Dead
Première: 11.12.2011
Vienna State Opera
Director: Peter Konwitschny
Vienna State Opera Orchestra, cond. Franz Welser-Möst

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