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At the chambre séparée

The traditional opera-ball at the Vienna State Opera is over, at least for this year. The one at the Vienna Volksoper, however, can be first attended on February 17 and then another ten times at the same venue until end of March. In this context we are talking about Richard Heuberger’s greatest operetta-success including the catchy tune “At the chambre separée”. The golden era of Viennese operetta which was ruled by Franz von Suppé, Johann Strauß and Carl Millöcker, received another special highlight with Heuberger’s The Opera-Ball (Der Opernball) in 1898.

New-productions of operettas from the golden era are usually in Alfred Eschwé’s competent hands at the Vienna Volksoper, even though his almost unrivalled repertory in opera and operetta surpasses any limit. An expert maestro is urgently requested at the conductor’s desk for Der Opernball anyway! Already with the famous overture the orchestra is on delicate trial. Eschwé rehearsed the operetta with all its waltzes, mazurkas, gallops and cotillions applying French scent and esprit, although the original setting of Paris is transferred to the suburban Vienna in this production.

The vocal soloists of the opening-night appear under Kristiane Kaiser’s lead as Angelika Wimmer (Angèle Aubier in the original version); she will also perform this role in the subsequent performances on February 23 and March 4, 7, 11 and 18, 2018.

An excerpt from the overture can be found among the audio-clips on this homepage: Link

Further details concerning the Vienna Volksoper new-production: Link

In the grapes’ fiery stream

For the conclusion of the old year and for the prelude of the new one, the music by Johann Strauß is everywhere emitting best moods like sparkling champagne. Peak season therefore also for the Strauß-expert Alfred Eschwé! Right after having made his debut with the Cologne Opera in December, he conducted a Christmas Concert with a widely spread programme at his home-theatre, the Vienna Volksoper, before producing the traditional series of New Year’s Concerts of the Tonkünstler-Orchesters Niederösterreich. Operetta-tunes, waltzes, polkas and quadrilles from the Waltz-King’s oeuvre are building a main focus of these concerts too.

His ensuing engagement sees Alfred Eschwé’s long journey to the Far East, again as a Stauß-ambassador. At the New National Theatre in Tokyo he will be conducting the revival of Die Fledermaus (The bat) on January 18th, 2018; a production which he already caused a sensation with at the premiere in 2015. He will be joined by several soloists from the Vienna State Opera and Volksoper ensembles who have been closely connected to the maestro since many years.

Details concerning the Tokyo New National Theatre production link

A real popular opera

Alexander Borodin wrote his – in the literal meaning – popular opera throughout decades without managing to complete it in his lifetime. Prince Igor after all remained his one and only work for the stage. The engagement of colleague composers after Borodin’s death finally accomplished the performance.

The Vienna Volksoper recollects its actual commitment of repertory and undergoes the Sisyphus-challenge to present the most voluminous and ambitious opera in German translation. Every theatre which meets such challenge needs to compile a performable version out of the unmanageable music material. This can for sure be expected from super-professional Alfred Eschwé. Details concerning the Vienna Volksoper production

With the premiere of Borodin’s opera Eschwé also celebrates an individual jubilee: Slightly more than 25 years ago he conducted his first opera-premiere at this house with even Russian repertory too: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in the staging of Harry Kupfer.

Borodin’s Prince Igor, staged by Thomas Schulte-Michels, will be performed at the Volksoper until end of April. Alfred Eschwé has the lead of the opening night on March 19th and the performances on March 22nd as well as April 4th, 10th, 13th, 18th, 20th and 24th. You can find the popular Polovtsian Dances from this opera under Alfred Eschwé‘s baton among his audio-clips on our webpage.

Let the champagne corks pop!

When the year is close to the end one can hear numerous orchestras rehearse elegant three quarter time or lively gallop beat, however, for sure music in high champagne spirits. Alfred Eschwé, renowned as an exquisite expert of the brilliant music by Strauß & Co., always has the busiest time around the change of the years. As final notes for 2015 and as off-beat for 2016 he rehearses again the New Year’s programme of the Tonkünstler Orchestra which will be played at the Vienna Musikverein, the St. Pölten’s Festival Hall and numerous towns throughout Lower Austria. Alfred Eschwé himself takes the lead for more than 10 of these concerts. 
New Year’s series of the Tonkünstler Orchestra

Maestro Eschwé this time also refers to an upcoming opera premiere under his baton in March 2016 by focussing part of the concert programme on Russian dances combined with the Gold and Silver music by Suppé, Strauß and Lehár. For the first time in his career Eschwé will conduct Alexander Borodin’s peoples’ drama Prince Igor at the Vienna Volksoper. The Polovtsian Dances from this opera can already be heard in the Tonkünstler New Year’s concerts, next to works by Shostakovich and Rubinstein. You can find a teaser for this part of the programme among this artist’s audio-files on our webpage: a furious gallop by Khachaturian

First appearance with the Dresden „Miracle Harp“

It is a magic moment in every conductor’s career to be appointed to conduct the Dresden Staatskapelle for the first time. Looking back on more than 450 years of continued existence, the orchestra is regarded as one of the oldest of the world and named by Richard Wagner the Royal “Miracle Harp”. Alfred Eschwés gets this special honor now with German repertoire, even with a premiere production.

On October 10th, 2015 Alfred Eschwé appears for the first time in the Semperoper orchestra pit to conduct Albert Lortzing’s comic opera Der Wildschütz (The Poacher). Eschwé already had a major success with a new production of this opera in Vienna 2013. Particularly as the German comic opera is mostly neglected in nowadays opera business, a knowledgeable conductor is needed to bring such opera to bear.

All details of the Dresden new-production series

Waltz and galop go Far East

The start of the New Year is high season for the music of the Strauß-family generally and for Die Fledermaus (The bat) particularly. The peak of the middle-Eurpean entertainment theatre is being performed far beyond the limits of Europe. When the New National Theatre in Tokyo decided to perform the operetta, it secured the participation of recognized professionals from the banks of the river Danube. Alexandra Reinprecht (Rosalinda), Adrian Eröd (Eisenstein), Klemens Sander (Falke) and Boris Eder (Frosch) are regarded as experts within this genre. Last but not least, Alfred Eschwé provides his enormous élan and knowledgeable interpretation from the conductor’s podium. Could he grow weary of Strauß’ waltzes, polkas and galops one day? Surely not! The king of Waltz’s music is an everlasting fountain of youth for him.

Performance dates of the new Tokyo-Fledermaus:  January 29th, February 1st*, 4th*, 6th  and 8th*,  2015 (*afternoon performances at 2 pm). Link

Alfred Eschwé‘s audio-clips on our webpage also include music by Strauß, Millöcker and Suppé: Link

When the master arrives

Alfred Eschwé has the reputation as one of the finest conductors worldwide for the repertoire of the Viennese king of waltz, Johann Strauß. Even though he is regularly guest at the leading European opera houses with other repertoire including a great variety of different epochs and styles, he is still mainly known particularly for his mastery of interpreting Strauß. This is why the Finnish National Opera was glad to invite him to conduct its new production of the Fledermaus, the possibly greatest operetta ever composed. In collaboration with stage director Marco Arturo Marelli, the new production of the Fledermaus in the Finnish capital will be presented with renowned soloists such as Alexandra Reinprecht, Michael Kraus, Claudia Göbl and Alexandru Badea. The premiere will be held on 28 November 2014. Further performances conducted by Alfred Eschwé on 4, 8, 10, 17 and 19 December 2014. (Link)

The Danube – Music along the blue river

With his waltz "An der schönen, blauen Donau", Johann Strauß left a composition of utmost popularity, put the central lifeline of Middle Europe into a musical picture and gave another inofficial anthem to Austria. However, this waltz is only one of the many musical pieces that follow the river Danube on its nearly 2900 kilometres from its well near the German Donaueschingen until its outfall into the Black Sea.

Alfred Eschwé, also a regular guest at the WDR radio orchestra in Cologne, put together a whole matinée programme that lets the allegedly "blue" river and the all in all ten states at its shore sound. Of course, Alfred Eschwé will once again present his own programme such as he has been doing for many years at his worldwide concerts of the sophisticated light music. That he is able to do also completely differently, can be experienced at the Maestro's opera performances, amongst others at the Hamburg state opera where he has regularly been invited as a guest conductor over the past 15 years. A pro both at the Alster and at the Danube!

Concert announcement of the WDR

Premiere at the Volksoper

Lortzing's masterful light opera "Der Wildschütz", central repertoire of the Volksoper, will be newly staged.