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Steel City Transforming

Steel City Transforming

“Willkommen! Welcome! Bienvenido!” reads the wall of the Gasometer holding tower of Voest Alpine. When arriving by train, the first sights of Linz are the tall chimneys and smoking furnaces of the huge steel works that have dominated the City for over a century: The capital of Upper Austria is called “Steel City” (Stahlstadt) for […]

Linz Music Theatre opens

The Linz Music Theatre opened on 11 April to much controversy over the cost of its construction. The project began in 2009 and cost an estimated €150 million, a large portion of which came from taxpayers. Finance Minister Maria Fekter (ÖVP) defended the spending: “Culture costs money, but lack of culture comes at a higher […]

Michelangelo – Sculpting Dance in Living Marble

Michelangelo – Sculpting Dance in Living Marble

The stage juts out into the audience; as the curtains open we see a tableau vivant of a sculpting studio in motion. The orchestra fills the deep back of the theatre, with the audience both around and between. This was just the first of several successful staging decisions of the evening. With the orchestra pit […]

In Defense of Linz

In Defense of Linz

Mentioning the name of Austria’s third largest city often stirs that famous, but peculiar saying, “In Linz beginnt’s.” Although initially a response to the insulting “In Linz stinkt’s” – time honored epithet for the country’s traditional center of heavy industry – this optimistic adage always seemed to merit the question, “Just what, exactly, begins in […]

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