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Music to Vanquish Nations

Music to Vanquish Nations

The camera is focused on a tall, ornate opera house, and we hear the orchestra surge under a deep, soaring bass. It pans down to show two small people walking out. The young woman – Diane Keaton – is protesting; they had a deal, she says in the famous scene in Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder […]

Rathaus Film Festival

Rathaus Film Festival

While most Vienna concert halls are closed in summer, you can still have a daily dose of world-class performances at the Rathaus Film Festival 2013 in front of City Hall. Every evening at nightfall for a full 65 days (from 29 Jun. to 1 Sept.) you can enjoy some of the greatest stars of classical music, dance and jazz on a […]

The Fifth Column: June 2013

The Fifth Column: June 2013

Soft Treat in Safe Hands? Good news, maybe, that a company owned by Julius Meinl V has at the last minute stumped up €5million to buy up the bankrupt, century-old family company Niemetz. Its troubles, and the fire-sale of its factory, struck at the heart of Austrian identity; in particular its chocolate, coconut-covered Schwedenbombe (“Sweden […]

Verdi and Wagner in Wien

This May, Vienna will celebrate the bicentennial birthday of two beloved opera composers, Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi. Both spent time in Vienna: In 1843, Verdi staged his opera Nabucco here, which was the first time it was performed outside of Italy. He later led performances of Rigoletto in 1852 and Requiem in 1875 at […]

Book Review: Christopher McIntosh’s The Swan King

Book Review: Christopher McIntosh’s The Swan King

The Fairy-Tale Life of Mad King Ludwig The Swan King is Christopher McIntosh’s revised biography of the eccentric Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-86), dubbed by poet Paul Verlaine as “the only true king of his century”. Acceding to the throne in 1864 at the age of 18, he made a brief, conscientious effort to learn […]

Book Review: Franz Winter’s Operation Rheingold

Among Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday presents, Wagner’s original scores of Die Walkure and Das Rheingold were some of the most precious artifacts included for safekeeping in the Villa Castiglione. The villa, located on one side of the Grundlsee, contained the Führer’s Library, which had been transferred from Linz when the Nazi-strategists began to fear for […]

A Ring of Change?

A Ring of Change?

The new production of Richard Wagner’s tetralogy, Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelungs) was completed by the performance of Rheingold on May 2. By any standards it was the crowning glory to the huge undertaking that any new production of the Ring has to be, if only by virtue of its scale. […]

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