The "Conductor of the Year 2020" (Opernwelt magazine) will be featureed in two streaming performances of Bluebeard's Castle at the Opéra de Lyon at the end of March 2021. In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, he takes politics to task, while also proposing that more is needed: "Outrage and disenchantment aren’t enough, we also need to be better connected," he says, criticizing the lack of competent contacts at the federal state level, "... with whom perhaps we could take this 'crisis as an opportunity' to think about future structural reforms."more
Outrage is not enough: Titus Engel talks to the FAZ about conducting Bartók's only opera and about cultural politics in Corona times.
"Drastic and clear" - "strong and accurate": Johannes Klumpp received enthusiastic reviews for his conducting of the two opera premieres From a House of the Dead and The Makropulos Affair on April 30 at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. The Janáček double bill was performed again in May; individually, the operas will be shown until July.
Vito Žuraj's first full-length opera Blühen was premiered in Frankfurt in January 2023 and received enthusiastic reviews. Before the world premiere, we spoke to the composer about his collaboration with librettist Händl Klaus, director Brigitte Fassbaender and the Ensemble Modern, which played under Michael Wendeberg.