Monday, 7 February 2011

Fantasy Opera: fifth season

Since the Ring is now ready to be performed as a whole, I thought I should limit the rest of the season to twelve productions. With that signal exception - who said there was no room for pragmatism in performance here? - nothing has yet been repeated; nor, given the large quantity of interesting works as yet unperformed, does there seem the slightest need to repeat anything.
Wagner, Der Ring des Nibelungen (complete cycles)
Lully, Cadmus et Hermione
Handel, Acis and Galatea, and Birtwistle, Punch and Judy
Britten, Death in Venice
Dessau, Die Verurteilung des Lukullus
Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin
Haydn, Il mondo della luna
Mantovani, L’Autre côté
Janáček, Katya Kabanova
Strauss, Capriccio
Caldara, Le cinesi, Luis Misón, La festa chinese, and Gluck, Le cinesi
Tippett, King Priam
Schreker, Die Gezeichneten


Henry Holland said...

My favorite season of yours yet. OK, here's another wrinkle: cuts.

I love every note of Death in Venice but I agree that the standard cuts in the choral scenes at the end of Act I are acceptable if the choir isn't up to scratch (and of the 5 DiV's I've been to, it was that way only once, at ENO a few years ago). To cut or not to cut?

Love Punch and Judy but I hope you don't mind that I'll be in the bar sipping gin and tonics while the Handle is on!

Katya, King Priam and the glorious Die Gezeichneten, if only...if only.....

Anonymous said...

Can I be an anonymous benfactor in your sixth season and pay you to do a) Schubert's Fierrabras and then b) Shostakovich's The Gambler / Fleischman's Rothschild's Violin? And then a Die Todt Stadt in your seventh season when my finances have recovered? I'll even pay extra if you get Claus Guth to direct the Korngold :)