Anaik Morel is making her debut at the Salzburg Festival in Charlotte Salomon, an opera by Marc-André Dalbavie.
In its over six weeks ongoing programme, the Montenegrin KotorArt festival unites nearly all forms of art with a special consideration of the youth. It is conceived as presentation of art in all its diversity and at the same time wants to inspire artistic creativity and discuss special programmes with concrete topics. Homepage of the festival
Under this aspect, the title of the concert programme "Austrian Delights" could be misunderstood as culinary trifle. This, however, is not at all the intention of the festival direction and Elisabeth Attl, the conductor of the concert. It is, on the contrary, a thorough investigation of the primal "Austrianishness" both from the time of the Wiener Klassik and from the music of the 20th and 21st centuries.
At the festival's concert on 7 August 2014, Johanna Doderer's composition "Mondsee" in its version for strings as well as Hans Gál's string serenade, Joseph Haydn's violin concerto in G major (soloist: Lydia Baich) and Wolfgang A. Mozart's divertimento in B flat major will be played. An appealing parenthesis that symbolises both contrast and unity. In the last few years, Elisabeth Attl has established herself as ambassador of exigent concert programmes that exhibit and let discover the diversity and style of the Austrian repertoire. The Viennese Elisabeth Attl does not shy away from contrasts off the usual programmes and engages herself passionately for contemporary compositions and composers such as Johanna Doderer, the great-niece of the author of the same name, who is known as one of the main representatives of today's Austrian composer scene in various genres. Webpage of the composer Johanna Doderer
Likewise diverse was the work by Hans Gál two generations prior to Doderer . The serenade for strings of Hans Gál, born in Lower Austria, dates from the year 1937 and therefore stems from the time just before the annexation of Austria to Hilter-Germany. Gáls compositions are in their way a kind of commitment to the Austria of the 20th century whose destiny has also strongly affected Gál's personal history. Webpage of the composer Hans Gál
To listen to Haydn and Mozart in this surrounding, offers a special provocation of contrast, but also the awareness of historical succession.
Montenegro has a short but ambivalent historical bond with the ancient Austria, since after the occupation of the K&K army it belonged to the Habsburg monarchy during the last two years of the Great War. Today, Montenegro nourishes the cultural diversity of Europe in a cosmopolitan way and with special dedication, accordingly to its wish to become a member country of the European Union. The picturesque city of Kotor is one of the World Heritage Sites.
The opera Dimitri by the French composer Victorin Joncières (1839-1903) is an inspiring discographic discovery. Not only is this opera beautifully made but it also of an ardent lyricism.
In line with the times of the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss' birthday, the legendary Strauss singer Brigitte Fassbaender assembled a fine choice of singers who recorded the complete compositions of Richard Strauss for voice and piano on CD under her artistic guidance. Amongst the chosen singers of this large project is also Lucian Krasznec who had until then only sung the Italian Tenor in Rosenkavalier out of the Strauss repertoire. On the now available CD box, Strauss fans can listen to the complete Lieder by Strauss from his compositions of his early youth unto his last one, "Malven", that he composed at the age of 84. An artistic show of strength that Brigitte Fassbaender presents herself in a short documentary.
Since 2011, Françoix-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles have been researching on The Rite of Spring.
In 2010, Vincent Boussard made his sensational debut at the Staatsoper Berlin with Agrippina by Handel. Since then, he has staged the following productions in Germany: I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Candide at the Staatsoper Berlin im Schillertheater, Madama Butterfly at the Staatsoper Hamburg as well as Adriana Lecouvreur and Gluck’s Ezio at the Frankfurt Opera. Vincent Boussard is back at the Staatsoper de Berlin im Schillertheater staging Kurt Weil's Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny. Opening night on June 6, 2014.