There is nothing unusual when an opera is turned into a movie; the other way round, however, is the absolute exception: Ang Lee's filmic soul drama of two cowboys, released in the cinemas in 2005, now finds its way to the opera stage. The world premiere of the operatic version for which Charles Wuorinen composed the music and Annie Proulx wrote the libretto after her own short-story of 1997 will be performed at the Teatro Real in Madrid on 28 January 2014. Following dates of representation: 30 January, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 1 February 2014
Following his acclaimed production of Gluck's Ezio at the Frankfurt Opera (Link to the press reviews), the new year is starting for Vincent Boussard with La Favorite at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse (Link to an interview with Vincent Boussard - in French). Opening night on February 6, 2014. He will subsequently get back to the Staatsoper Berlin im Schillertheater in order to stage Weil's Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny. All dates of performances
Last season Anaïk Morel was acclaimed at the Opéra national de Lorraine in Chabrier's L'Etoile (Lazuli). She is back in Nancy taking part in a new production of Barbe-Bleue (Boulotte), a rarely performed operetta by Offenbach. Opening night on February 20, 2014. All dates of performances.
When speaking of the central repertoire of a coloratura soprano, besides the roles of the Queen of the night, Konstanze, Olympia and Zerbinetta, also Fiakermilli of Richard Strauss's "Arabella" is to be considered. It is this last role that until now had been missing in the spectrum of record-breaking Cornelia Götz who occupies a special position amongst the singers with her over 800 performances as Mozart's flaming Queen. This is the reason why the artist, born near Stuttgart, celebrates her long time overdue debut at the "Arabella" premiere in Nürnberg. The general musical director Marcus Bosch will conduct, Andreas Baesler is the stage director and Ekaterina Godovanets will sing the title role. After the premiere on 1 February 2014, there will be further representations until 7 May 2014 at the Staatstheater Nürnberg.
Fiakermilli is a historical figure from the monarchic Vienna of the 19th century. Her trill and vocal cascades were a sensation at numerous events. Richard Strauss made a virtuosic jewel out of this real character and destined it for an outstanding singer – such as Cornelia Götz is one.
In spring 2013 Sophie Marilley made sensation at the Staatsoper Stuttgart in the role of Komponist in the new production of Ariadne of Naxos staged by Jossi Wieler et Sergio Morabito. Press reviews
Sébastien Rouland is being acclaimed at the Aalto Theatre in Essen conducting the new production of Massenet's Werther (stage director: Carlos Wagner). Here are some extracts of the first reviews.