Antony Beaumont spent several years editing A Florentine Tragedy, which since 2010 has been available in the new critical edition.
Beaumont based his analysis on various sources, including the orchestral score in Zemlinsky’s own handwriting, the orchestral material prepared by the composer himself, the composer’s own piano reduction, various copyists’ reproductions with Zemlinsky’s corrections etc. The first performance using the new critical edition took place in April 2010 in Rome.
The Opéra de Lyon is now performing the opera in a new production by Georges Lavaudant. Bernhard Kontarsky conducts. The première was on 29 Jan.
Alexander Zemlinsky: A Florentine Tragedy
Opera in one act
Première: 29.01.2012, Opéra de Lyon (Festival Puccini plus)
Further performances: 29 and 30 Jan, 6 and 8 Feb
Stage director: Georges Lavaudant
Martin Winkler, Simone; Gun-Brit Barkmin, Bianca; Thomas Piffka, Guido Bardi
Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon, cond. Bernhard Kontarsky