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Deutsche Oper, Berlin – Richard Strauss’s Intermezzo – Philipp Jekal, Maria Bengtsson & Thomas Blondelle; directed by Tobias Kratzer; conducted by Donald Runnicles

A ‘bourgeois comedy’ is how Strauss described his autobiographical opera (1924), based on a real incident in which a misdirected letter (owing to the confusion of Strauss’s name with a similar one) was wrongly interpreted by his wife, the soprano Pauline de Ahna, as evidence of a love affair and therefore grounds for a divorce. […]

Deutsche Oper, Berlin – Richard Strauss’s Intermezzo – Philipp Jekal, Maria Bengtsson & Thomas Blondelle; directed by Tobias Kratzer; conducted by Donald Runnicles Read More »

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Deutsche Oper, Berlin – Langgaard’s Antikrist – Kyle Miller, Jonas Grundner-Culemann & Valeriia Savinskaia; directed by Ersan Mondtag; conducted by Hermann Bäumer

Rued Langgaard’s sole opera Antikrist (1921-3, revised 1926-30) – subtitled by him ‘Church Opera’ or ‘Judgment Scenes’ – was never staged in his lifetime, and wasn’t premiered until 1999 at the Tiroler Landestheater, Innsbruck. Based upon a poem by P. E. Benzon, and ultimately inspired by the visions of the apocalypse in the Bible’s Book of Revelation,

Deutsche Oper, Berlin – Langgaard’s Antikrist – Kyle Miller, Jonas Grundner-Culemann & Valeriia Savinskaia; directed by Ersan Mondtag; conducted by Hermann Bäumer Read More »

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