Monday, 10 December 2012

Eindeutige Worte nach Ariadne

1912 for Salzburg, 1916 for Vienna: that was the deal when Sven-Eric Bechtolf's Ariadne auf Naxos was announced as a co-production with the Wiener Staatsoper. Now Franz Welser-Möst has announced that since Vienna has both versions on tap, the two will be scheduled side by side in later runs. In practice that means once the novelty of what Bechtolf essentially reworked into a third version has worn off, so once or twice.

Elsewhere in this interview Franzi also reveals that the fast-approaching Neujahrskonzert will spotlight Wagner and Verdi amid the usual bonbons, and in one of his odd analogies likens the honour of conducting the concert for the second time to a 'Nobel prize for music'.

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