Monday 17 November 2014

November Update

Here is a run-down of the latest news in Weinberg-related circles, including concerts, releases, and other paraphernalia.

Upcoming Concerts
First of all, there are two upcoming productions of Weinberg's Opera The Passenger in the United States.

The first is presented by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, taking place February 24 -March 15, 2015. This is a presentation of the David Pountney production, first seen at the Bregenz Festival in 2010. The same production received its US premiere in January of this year, by Houston Grand Opera, before appearing at the Park Avenue Armory as part of the Lincoln  Festival in July.

The Lyric Opera of Chicago will be featuring an exhibition on Weinberg's life and The Passenger, including photographs and written description, as well as documenting the development of Pountney's production. They have also uploaded the following video of a seminar and panel discussion on Weinberg's opera:

For further information and ticket details, follow this link to the Lyric Opera's page for The Passenger: link.

Furthermore, Florida Grand Opera have also announced The Passenger for their 2015/16 season:

Among future operas that fit this category are The Passenger by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, an opera that takes place aboard an ocean liner bound for Brazil after World War II, in which a former female guard at Auschwitz think she recognizes a former inmate. “I can’t think of a more perfect opera for South Florida,” Danis said [Susan Danis, CEO Florida Grand Opera].
There are no more details at the moment, but this will presumably also present the Pountney production. Link to the article here.

In Europe, three more of Weinberg's operas are due to be performed.

Firstly, there is the comic one-act opera Lady Magnesia, based on the play by George Bernard-Shaw, being performed from 05/12/14 - 10/12/14. This production is taking place at the ÖEA, Salzburg, and partners Lady Magnesia with scenes from Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier. Further details here.

There is also a production of The Portrait taking place in Poznan, Poland, from 10/01/15 - 30/01/15 (presumably a repeat of the premiere run that took place in 2013/14). See the following page for info about the production: link. The production also features the following stunning artwork:

See the following link for further info on the 2015 run (with videos, in Polish): link.

And, in addition, Weinberg's adaptation of Dostoevsky's The Idiot continues its runaway success in Germany, appearing in Oldenburg across several dates from 24/01/15 - 17/07/15, all performances will be conducted by Thomas Sanderling. The same production will then be appearing in Mannheim 16/07 - 30/07. 

Please see below for a summary of more upcoming Weinberg performances:

29/11/14 - Cologne, Germany - Piano Quintet
13/12/14 - Brookline, MA, USA- Brookline Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 6
09/01/15-10/01/15 - Naples, Fl., USA - Naples Philharmonic - Violin Concerto (with Gidon Kremer)
23/01/15 - Carnegie Hall, NY, USA - Gidon Kremer and Daniil Trifonov - Violin Sonata no. 5, and solo Violin Sonata no. 3.
14/02/15 - Budapest, Hungary - Concerto Budapest - Violin Concerto (with Gidon Kremer)
26/02/15 - Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, Belgium - Gidon Kremer (Repertoire unknown)
19/03/15 - Skopje, Macedonia - Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra - 'Sinfonietta No. 1'
24-25/04/15 - Warsaw, Poland - Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra - Symphony No. 4

The most recent release of a Weinberg work can be found on the following disc by the Ensemble Epomeo:

The disc features Weinberg's string trio in an excellent performance. It can be found online here.

My own work
Progress on my PhD is gradual but steady. As I enter into the third year of my course, my attention naturally turns to the arduous task of completing my thesis. As a result, updates on this blog may be less regular than before, but I will endeavour to continue to post links to news and to produce interesting original material. My article 'Weinberg, Shostakovich, and the Influence of Anxiety' is to be published in The Musical Times next month - I shall a post an online link as soon as it becomes available. D.E.

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