Not only ecologically is the death of bees a dramatic loss, states the introduction to the work: "It is also an acoustic loss," says Vito Žuraj. "It has become silent in the flowering meadows. Especially the bees are missing with their different sounds, when they drink nectar very quietly or when they fly around. But also the bumblebee - the five-stringed double bass among insects. Agile strings, but also buzzing brass mouthpieces and various percussion instruments are very suitable to reflect this variety of sounds."more
Humming and Silence
With his work Api-danza macabra, Vito Žuraj addresses the explosive topic of bee mortality. The WDR Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Cristian Măcelaru, premiered the commissioned composition this summer.
"If one recognizes the suffering of the other, one can stop this metamorphosis of the victim becoming the perpetrator." – In a personal statement, Chaya Czernowin talks about her perspective on her opera Pnima and its connection to the current situation. A new production of the work premiered at the Staatstheater Darmstadt on 27 January, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The magazine Online Merker recently described Eliahu Inbal as having "ageless vitality" - and so it comes as no surprise that the conductor is celebrating his 88th birthday on 16 February on the podium of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, with whom he will perform five concerts in February.
In the summer of 2023, Titus Engel conducted Olivier Messiaen's Saint François d'Assise, an opera that not only goes beyond the usual dimensions of the orchestra, but in Anna-Sophie Mahler's Stuttgart production also incorporated the urban space and nature as a kind of pilgrimage. A documentary about the production is now available online in the ARD media library.
Lukas Ligeti is the artistic director of the World New Music Days, which took place in Africa for the first time in its centenary year from 24 November to 3 December - a unique opportunity for creative exchange: both the African audience and the guests from all over the world heard music they had never come into contact with before.
World premiere of the year: Vito Žuraj's first full-length opera Blühen came to the stage in Frankfurt in early 2023 under the musical direction of Michael Wendeberg and has now been named premiere of the year by Opernwelt magazine. In our interview, Vito Žuraj talks about his collaboration with librettist Händl Klaus, director Brigitte Fassbaender and the Ensemble Modern.