Home » Posts tagged with » Theater an der Wien

A Stage on Every Corner

A Stage on Every Corner

The abundance of opera in this town sometimes makes me giddy. If all the world’s a stage, in Vienna it’s a theatre in song. And I’m not only talking about the three big opera houses in town, although they are all familiar, places where I often sit – or stand – with wide-eyed enthusiasm until […]

Opera Impressions

Opera Impressions

The recent presentation in the Volksoper of two one-act operas in very cleverly similar settings focussed attention on the subject of theatre and reality. From there, it is a short leap to musing about the role of opera as theatre. The time is particularly relevant as all three houses have now published their programmes for […]

With a ‘Turn of the Screw’

To Benjamin Britten fans, and of course to fans of Henry James, who is still as unknown to German-speakers as Britten was 30 years ago, the Theater an der Wien is tossing a ghostly musical nosegay Sept. 14. Britten’s chamber opera of James’ 1898 psycho-thriller The Turn of the Screw, composed in 1954, is their […]

A Camillia Named ‘Anna’

A Camillia Named ‘Anna’

I had to move house in March. I suppose that I should be in therapy but that prospect seems worse than moving house. My bijou bungalow and garden and the schloss park in which they are situated are going under the hammer with the tag “vacant possession of the entire”. So the move was inevitable. […]

Thoughts of Spring: An Encore at the Staatsoper

Thoughts of Spring: An Encore at the Staatsoper

As we begin the second half of the season we can look back at the first half with great satisfaction at a large number of outstanding productions and performances. If I had to choose just one opera a month I would begin with Handel’s Semele at Theater an der Wien for September. October was Donizetti’s […]

Getting Who You Deserve

We know that Mozart was a genius, but it is good to be reminded of it once in awhile. He wrote La finta giardiniera (The false garden maid) shortly before his nineteenth birthday, at a time when his father realized it was about time his son started doing something serious. The cute child prodigy was […]

For Sentimental Reasons

In his performance evening, Being Gidon Kremer, at Theater an der Wien, Kremer presented the rise and fall of a (classical) musician, describing a life of suffering by reading out of his autobiography and then doing some hearty fiddling. Born in Latvia of German Jewish parents, he hasn’t given up attempting to cast out the […]

The Eternal Fledermaus

Even the “long-run” shows on Broadway can’t compare. Die Fledermaus can look back on 136 years of uninterrupted performances in Vienna. Phantom of the Opera, the longest running show New York has ever seen, has “only” been playing since 1988. Fledermaus is a work of unmitigated genius, a work so successful that it overshadows everything […]

The Mysterious Creature ‘Lulu’

Who or what is LULU? Is she a courtesan? A cheap whore? A calculating hussy? A brazen murderer? Maybe a frigid wife who can only abandon herself to a sex killer? Someone unable to have a relationship or to love? Or maybe even a lesbian? What’s most important? To do business, have social status or […]

Page 1 of 212

Widgetized Section

Go to Admin » appearance » Widgets » and move a widget into Advertise Widget Zone