The premiere of the Theater an der Wien’s La finta giardiniera is tonight, I’ll be there. It’s directed by David Alden and conducted by René Jacobs. Media coverage has been light, but this Wiener Zeitung article reveals that Jacobs has been rewriting the wind parts (O RLY?). And you can read more in the Theater an der Wien’s magazine. The theater’s press site has photos, which Opera Chic has posted. It looks… stark.
Marlis Petersen, so wonderful as Lulu at the Met last season, has canceled her appearances in the Wiener Staatsoper’s revival of Aribert Reimann’s smash atonal hit, Medea, due to illness. (The change is not on the website yet.) She sang the premiere of this opera last season. Replacing her is Claudia Barainsky, who is probably the only other person who knows the role, having sung it in Frankfurt (in this production, no less). I will miss Petersen, but Barainsky is also fabulous. You may remember her as Marie in the Ruhr Die Soldaten, which was seen in New York a few years ago. Performances are November 30 and December 3 and 7.
Bonus cancellation: Seiji Ozawa will not conduct Jenufa in May at the Staatsoper as planned “because he has canceled all his opera engagements for this season.” (Something seems a little circular here.) Graeme Jenkins will lead instead.
The William Kentridge retrospective Five Themes, seen at the MoMA last spring, is at the Albertina in Vienna until January 30. It includes some materials the design of his production of The Nose, which premiered at the Met last March. Highly recommended.
Photo copyright Theater an der Wien.