Lady in the Dark Dazzles in Germany
Germany’s first production of Lady in the Dark in over 25 years, now playing in a new German translation at Staatsoper Hannover, is getting raves, delighting audiences and critics alike. Directed by Matthias Davids, choreographed by Melissa King, and conducted by Mark Rohde, Lady stars Winnie Böwe as successful but repressed fashion editor Liza Elliott. The production, which premiered on 15 October, runs in repertory through 21 March 2012. Here’s what the critics are saying:
“Although it has hardly ever been seen in Germany before now, today the admittedly ambitious, extravagant Lady in the Dark has become the musical of the moment…. Hannover rejoices, and we hope this intelligent and sparkling Weill jewel will soon be seen in other productions.” – Die Welt
“Seeing Lady in the Dark in Hannover, one is astounded at how exactly this work fits our time.... It represents a daring experiment in form. And an amalgam of classic Broadway melody, the harmonies of the Berlin Weill, and the emphasis of verismo.
- Süddeutsche Zeitung
“The story is really super— the whole craziness of the Vogue/Mode media world, with a heavy shot of psychoanalysis and burnout on top. It could hardly be more contemporary…. The public was enthusiastic to the highest degree.” – Neue Presse
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Lost in the Stars Returns to its Roots
Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s musical tragedy, Lost in the Stars, will be performed in the country that inspired it, in a new production at South Africa’s Cape Town Opera (24-27 November 2011). Based on Alan Paton’s novel Cry, the Beloved Country, Lost in the Stars gives passionate voice to Paton’s powerful social indictment of apartheid. As director Tazewell Thompson describes it, “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.”
Lost in the Stars is a co-production with the Glimmerglass Festival, where it will be presented next summer (22 July – 25 August 2012), starring Eric Owens as Stephen Kumalo and Sean Panikkar as the Leader. Albert Horne will conduct in Cape Town; John DeMain in Cooperstown
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Kurt Weill Reloaded: New Documentary Airs in Europe
On 3 December 2011, the German-language television station 3sat will air a new documentary about Weill by filmmaker Theo Roos. Following his successful documentaries on Haydn and Rossini for ZDF, Roos provides a unique and personal account of Weill and his work in Berlin, Paris and New York in this new 60-minute documentary film, Sprich leise, wenn du Liebe sagst: Kurt Weill Reloaded. It will be broadcast on 3sat in Austria, Germany and Switzerland on Saturday, 3 December 2011, at 8:15 pm.
Kurt Weill Edition Wins Paul Revere Awards
Each year the Music Publishers Association of the United States confers Paul Revere Awards for outstanding examples of graphic design in music publishing. The most recent volume in the Kurt Weill Edition, Music with Solo Violin, received two 2011 Paul Revere Awards: the Critical Report won First Prize for Book Design in Educational Folios; and the score won Second Prize for Full Score Music Notesetting.
The volume, edited by Andreas Eichhorn contains the full scores of the Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, op. 12, and Der neue Orpheus, op. 16, Weill's cantata for soprano, solo violin, and orchestra on a text by Iwan Goll.
The Kurt Weill Edition is published by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music and European American Music Corporation. The next volume to be published is Johnny Johnson, a play with music composed in 1936, edited by Tim Carter. It will be available in early 2012.
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