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Kurt Weill Foundation E-news
July 2012

Summer Festivals
Lost in the Stars and Zaubernacht 
Take Center Stage

Lost in the Stars at Glimmerglass starring Eric Owens

Lost in the Stars at Glimmerglass
22 July – 25 August

The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y., joins forces with Cape Town Opera to present Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s 1949 “musical tragedy” Lost in the Stars, based on Alan Paton’s classic anti-apartheid novel, Cry, the Beloved Country. Directed by Tazewell Thompson, who led the November 2011 production in Cape Town, and conducted by John DeMain, Lost in the Stars features Glimmerglass Artist in Residence Eric Owens as Stephen Kumalo and Sean Pannikar as the Leader. Kurt Weill Foundation President Kim Kowalke gives a talk on Weill on Saturday, 28 July at 10 am.

“Though it is a story of the ages wrestling issues of biblical dimensions, Lost in the Stars is a simple story of the human heart -- one of heartbreak and intolerance as well as truth, reconciliation, compassion and finally, moral transformation.” 
- Tazewell Thompson


Magical Night at Ravinia
has U.S. Premiere at Ravinia
19 July

James ConlonJames Conlon conducts Weill’s Magical Night (Zaubernacht) at the Ravinia Festival, in the U.S. premiere of the work’s critical edition. Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be joined by soprano Janai Brugger; Chicago mime artists T. Daniel and Laurie Willets will provide the staging. Based on a now-lost scenario involving toys coming to life for a night, Weill’s children’s pantomime premiered in Berlin in 1922, but after a 1925 production in New York the orchestration disappeared. In a surprise discovery in 2006, a complete set of orchestral parts was found at Yale University, and the score was reconstructed for the Kurt Weill Edition. The Royal Opera House in London presented the U.K. premiere of Magical Night in a successful month-long run last December.
Ian BostridgeWalt Whitman Songs
at the Infektion! Festival, Berlin Staatsoper
12 July

Ian Bostridge has become a champion of Weill's Walt Whitman Songs, having performed them at the Aldeburgh Festival and the Vienna Konzerthaus in recent years. Berliners will have an opportunity to hear him interpret the compact, powerful cycle of four songs ("Beat! Beat! Drums," "Oh Captain! My Captain!," "Come Up From The Fields, Father," and "Dirge for Two Veterans") with pianist Julius Drake on a program at the Infektion! Festival of the Berlin Staatsoper, which focuses on 20th- and 21st-century music and theater.

Festival Saint-CereLost in the Stars
at Festival Saint-Céré and beyond

5, 8, 14 August, Festival de Saint-Céré;
19 July 2012 – 12 April 2013, French tour

France’s Opera éclaté embarks on a 9-month tour of Lost in the Stars, directed by Oliver Desbordes and conducted by Dominique Trottein, with a featured slot in the Festival de Saint-Céré. The 13-city tour includes stops in Rennes, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, and Lyon.

HK GruberDie sieben Todsünden at Bregenz
6 August

In a concert curated and conducted by HK Gruber, the Bregenz Festival presents Die sieben Todsünden with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and soprano Gun-Brit Barkmin as Anna I. Also on the program are works by Gruber and Hans Eisler.
Full performance calendar >>

Kurt Weill Newsletter 30.1Kurt Weill Newsletter now online

The latest issue of Kurt Weill Newsletter (30.1) is now available in print and online. In addition to news and reviews, it contains the following features:
  • Going Home: Lost in the Stars Returns to Its Roots in South Africa
  • Anatomy of an Adaptation: Marc Blizstein, Kurt Weill, and The Threepenny Opera
  • Blizstein Lives On:  Tributes to Marc Blitzstein

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