Sunday, 11 March 2012

Linz announces programme for new Musiktheater

What Linz isn't planning (image taken near the new Musiktheater)
I gave this a full day to see if anyone might claim that Linz is building a new Führerstadt, but reticence is golden and we should savour it while we can. Anyway, after decades of debate and a negative referendum result campaigned for, incidentally, by the far right Freedom Party, Linz’s new opera house/musical theatre is finally opening next year. And not with an event that will actually er, consecrate the new venue, but rather an open air (and abridged) Parsifal staged by La Fura dels Baus. The Bühnenweihfestspiel itself will take place a day later, on 11 April, with the premiere of Philip Glass’s new opera The Lost, directed by David Pountney and based on the 2006 play Spuren der Verirrten by Peter Handke, whom I’m disappointed at for allowing his brilliant work (I have seen the play) to be adapted, to paraphrase Strauss, by a third-class second-rate composer. One thinks of Jelinek and Neuwirth and what might have been...

A new production of Der Rosenkavalier will transfer from the old Landestheater to the new Musiktheater on 15th April, with Anne Schwanewilms as the Marschallin and Kurt Rydl as Ochs. A studio space called the ‘Blackbox’ will host the premiere of Opernmaschine, a new experimental work by Peter Androsch, and the foyer will be used for Kinderoper, beginning with Helmut Schmidinger’s Lynx, der Luchs. Both Androsch and Schmidinger are from Upper Austria.

The main stage of the new Musiktheater will also be used for ballet and musical theatre. For further details about the planned opening events click here. For artists’ impressions of the new building check out the Musiktheater’s website.

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