Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s epistolary novel, Die Leiden des jungen Werther («The Sorrows of Young Werther»), is world-famous. At the end of the 19th century, the French composer Jules Massenet used it as the basis for a touching opera about forbidden love, wrongdoings and anguish. It is full of ecstatic emotion and intimate characterisation, delineating the love triangle between the rapturous Werther, his beloved Charlotte and her conventional fiancé Albert with emotional precision. At the end, despair pushes Werther to commit suicide. more
In 2017 – the year of Luther – Hans-Christoph Rademann and the Gaechinger Cantorey take on Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion, the key work of the Protestant church. The exceptional concert impressively documented the new sound and superb manner of playing on historical instruments, which Hans-Christoph Rademann was able to hone in masterfully with the Gaechinger Cantorey over the course of just one year.
“I would like to find poignant images that are adequate for the music and do justice to the gigantic work in a way that one can experience it differently and more profoundly.” Christian Spuck, choreographer
“Rusalka” is based on the Czech version of the classical fairy tale of a mermaid that falls in love with a human prince and wants nothing more than to become a human and live happily ever after. But in Dvořák’s opera, this happily ever after never happens as the story ends in tragedy. more
On November 13 2015, at 20:15, arte and arte concert did a delayed live broadcast of Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” from the Staatsoper Berlin at the Schillertheater.
The opera, which represents the pinnacle of the Italian opera buffa, is staged by the Artistic Director of the Staatsoper, Jürgen Flimm. On the rostrum: Gustavo Dudamel. The production features an exciting cast with Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Graf Almaviva, Dorothea Röschmann in the role of Gräfin Almaviva and Anna Prohaska as Susanna. more
Berg’s “Wozzeck” is an indispensable work in the repertoire of any opera house. In Zurich, critics and audience celebrated director Andreas Homoki, General Music Director Fabio Luisi and baritone Christian Gerhaher for their intriguing interpretation of this masterpiece of operatic history. more
A Romeo and Juliet opera without the poetic balcony scene and with a woman singing the role of Romeo: Vincenzo Bellini’s reworking of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy is in many respects remarkable. Not least because the young composer presents in his opera “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” perhaps the most moving final scene of opera repertoire to date: Romeo and Juliet are both alive and conscious, allowing them to sing a duet before dying together.
Both have been giants in the international scenery of music and arts for decades: Arvo Pärt (born 1935), one of the most played contemporary composers of our time, and Robert Wilson (born 1941), one of the most sought-after stage directors worldwide. Pärt, Estonian, whose compositions stand out due to their clear harmonies and unmistakable beauty, and Wilson, Texan, a Master of Lighting, whose personal experiences function as the motivation and inspiration for his staging. more
“Bellini was, I believe, the last composer of opera fully to recognize that song was not just a means to a dramatic end but a magical power.” This statement by the musicologist David Kimbell describes a specific characteristic of Vincenzo Bellini’s music that constantly fascinates us. Bellini’s undisputed masterpiece Norma has now found its way to Beijing’s most important opera house: the National Centre for the Performing Arts. more
Zhang Yimou directed his first Beijing-Opera production in the Chinese capital at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA): “You and Me” is based on a 2700-year-old Chinese imperial story from the chapter “Lord Zheng defeats Duan in Yan” from the legend of Zuo – a tale of betrayal, the power of infantile love and the fact that blood is thicker than water. more