“Ivan Goll has just written to me from Paris, saying that he talked extensively with Diaghilev about Royal Palace and Orpheus and that he gave him the piano scores of both of them. The affair seems promising and Goll suggests that you and I take up a kind of ‘general offensive’ on Diaghilev.” (Kurt Weill to UE, 22 June 1927)
The original instrumentation of Royal Palace – Kurt Weill’s second one-act opera – was lost in 1929, two years after its world première.
On 10 June the opera will be performed for the first time in France, after Gunther Schuller’s reconstructed score. Rani Calderon conducts the Orchestre national Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon in Marie-Ève Signeyrole’s production of an opera, in which three men – the Husband, Yesterday’s Lover and Tomorrow’s Lover – court a woman. However the woman rejects all three suits and drowns herself in a lake.
Kurt Weill: Royal Palace
opera in 1 act | 50'
prem. 10.06.2016; Opéra Comédie, Montpellier; Kelebogile Besong, Dejanira; Khatouna Gadelia, soprano solo; Ilya Silchukov, der Geliebte von Gestern; Florian Cafiero, der Verliebte von Morgen; Karhaber Shavidze, der Ehemann; Paul Schweinester, der junge Fischer; Till Fechner, der alte Fischer; Chœur Opéra national Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon; Chœur Opéra national Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, cond. Calderon Rani
further performances: 12., 14,. and 16.06.2016