Hardly any work in the history of music demands a larger orchestration than Olivier Messiaen's only opera, premiered in 1983. "There is a very large string section, lots of wind instruments, a large percussion arsenal and then Messiaen's special instruments, the three Ondes Martenot. These are prototypes of electronic instruments," explains Titus Engel, who will conduct Saint François d'Assise at the five performances on 11, 22 and 25 June and 2 and 9 July. Baritone Michael Mayes will sing the highly demanding title role; the role of Engel will be taken by soprano Beate Ritter.more
Titus Engel will conduct Olivier Messiaen's Saint François d'Assise from 11 June, an opera that not only goes beyond the usual dimensions of the orchestra, but in the Stuttgart production by Anna-Sophie Mahler also includes the urban space and nature in a kind of pilgrimage.
"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.