The Salzburg Festival is Planning a Mythic Summer

Your 'hot spot' for all classical music subjects. Non-classical music subjects are to be posted in the Corner Pub.

Moderators: Lance, Corlyss_D

Post Reply
lennygoran
Posts: 15210
Joined: Tue Mar 27, 2007 9:28 pm
Location: new york city

The Salzburg Festival is Planning a Mythic Summer

Post by lennygoran » Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:28 am

The Salzburg Festival is Planning a Mythic Summer

By Michael Cooper

Nov. 14, 2018

The Salzburg Festival plans to delve into myth next summer, with new opera productions including Mozart’s “Idomeneo,” by Peter Sellars; Offenbach’s “Orphée aux Enfers,” by Barrie Kosky; George Enescu’s “Oedipe,” by Achim Freyer; and Cherubini’s “Médée,” by Simon Stone.

“Mythology means going to the root of everything and questioning what it means in our time,” the festival’s artistic director, Markus Hinterhäuser, said in a telephone interview about this edition of the festival, which will be his third at the helm. “Great mythological tales are always like a mirror — in every generation, every period.”

The festival, which will run from July 20 through Aug. 31, is one of the most important on the classical music calendar, bringing top-flight singers, directors, musicians, conductors and orchestras — the house band is the Vienna Philharmonic — to the birthplace of Mozart.

With the “Idomeneo,” Mr. Hinterhäuser is reuniting Mr. Sellars once more with the daring conductor Teodor Currentzis and the tenor Russell Thomas. The three collaborated on the staging of Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” he began his tenure with in 2017. The Offenbach will bring Mr. Kosky, the inventive artistic director of the Komische Oper in Berlin, to the festival. Enescu’s early 20th century work “Oedipe” is slowly being rediscovered. And the “Médée” will star Sonya Yoncheva in the title role.

Cecilia Bartoli will sing the title role in a production of Handel’s “Alcina” that will first be presented in the spring at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, where she is the artistic director. The festival will also feature Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra,” conducted by Valery Gergiev; a reprise of Strauss’s “Salome” conducted by Franz Welser-Möst and starring Asmik Grigorian, who scored a major success in the title role last summer; and concert versions of Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur,” with Anna Netrebko in the title role (she will sing it at the Metropolitan Opera starting on New York Year’s Eve), and of Verdi’s “Luisa Miller,” starring Plácido Domingo.

The Vienna Philharmonic has a full dance card. Riccardo Muti will lead it in the Verdi Requiem; Daniel Barenboim in Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Symphony No. 5; Herbert Blomstedt in Mahler’s Symphony No. 9; Bernard Haitink in Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7; and Mr. Welser-Möst in Wagner, Strauss and Shostakovich. Visiting orchestras will include the Berlin Philharmonic, which will be led by its incoming chief conductor, Kirill Petrenko, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, led by its music director, Andris Nelsons.

The festival will contain two mini-festivals of modern and contemporary composers. One will highlight the music of the contemporary French composer Pascal Dusapin, including his operatic adaptation of Heiner Müller’s “Medeamaterial.” The other will feature the music of Enescu, the Romanian-born composer, violinist and pianist whose early-20th-century works are slowly being rediscovered by new generations.

And a starry lineup of soloists will make their way to Salzburg, including the pianists Evgeny Kissin, Igor Levit, Maurizio Pollini, Grigory Sokolov and Mitsuko Uchida. (Mr. Hinterhäuser, a pianist, will also play on a couple of programs, including William Kentridge’s well-traveled staging of Schubert’s “Winterreise” sung by Matthias Goerne.)


https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/14/arts ... -2019.html

maestrob
Posts: 6541
Joined: Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:30 am

Re: The Salzburg Festival is Planning a Mythic Summer

Post by maestrob » Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:33 am

Wow! That's some lineup!

I would LOVE to hear Netrebko in Adriana Lecouvreur, one of my favorite unknown operas. And Mathias Goerne is one of the finest singers in the world today, whether it's in Schubert or Wagner.

jbuck919
Military Band Specialist
Posts: 26867
Joined: Wed Jan 28, 2004 10:15 pm
Location: Stony Creek, New York

Re: The Salzburg Festival is Planning a Mythic Summer

Post by jbuck919 » Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:07 pm

I only have one question. Where do people stay when attending the most famous music festival in the world, and in a city that is itself a museum?

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach

Belle
Posts: 2364
Joined: Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:45 am

Re: The Salzburg Festival is Planning a Mythic Summer

Post by Belle » Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:55 pm

jbuck919 wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:07 pm
I only have one question. Where do people stay when attending the most famous music festival in the world, and in a city that is itself a museum?
I've often wondered that myself. And, yes, it is a living museum; the Viennese refer to Salzburg as a 'theme park'!! And Barrie Kosky = Regietheater.

lennygoran
Posts: 15210
Joined: Tue Mar 27, 2007 9:28 pm
Location: new york city

Re: The Salzburg Festival is Planning a Mythic Summer

Post by lennygoran » Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:20 pm

maestrob wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:33 am
I would LOVE to hear Netrebko in Adriana Lecouvreur, one of my favorite unknown operas.
Brian we have our tickets to hear that one live-Jan 16! Hope she shows up. BTW it's being done HD style Sat Jan 12. Regards, Len

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 20 guests