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New Rihm and Unsuk Chin next season in Bavaria

Nagano's Inaugural Bavarian Staatsoper Season to Feature Two World Premieres, Four New Productions

From OperaNewsOnline - April 06, 2006

The Bavarian State Opera's music director designate, Kent Nagano, announced the details of the company's 2006-07 season today, with six new productions, including two world premieres, set to take the stage of the National Theater in Munich. Included among the new productions is Wolfgang Rihm's one act opera, Das Gehege (The Enclosure), which will feature a libretto by playwright Botho Strauss, and is scheduled to receive its world premiere as part of a double bill with the opera's production of Salome. Nagano will conduct the duo, with both productions being staged by television and movie director William Friedkin.
In addition, the world premiere of Unsuk Chin's Alice in Wonderland, with a libretto by M. Butterfly playwright David Henry Hwang, will open the 2007 Munich Opera Festival on June 30, 2007, in a production by Achim Freyer, also paced by Nagano.
Other new productions set to premiere during the season include Jürgen Rose's staging of Werther; a production of Mussorgsky Khovanshchina by young Russian stage director and designer Dmitri Tcherniakov; Claus Guth's take on Luisa Miller will present the opera in it's company premiere; and Christof Loy's mounting of Il turco in Italia will play in a co-production with the Hamburg State Opera.
The State Opera also announced that the company's administration would assume a new structure during the interregnum between the August 31, 2006 departure of Staatsintendant Sir Peter Jonas and the September 9, 2008 arrival of general manager Klaus Bachler. During that time, the opera will be managed by a directorate under the general artistic direction of Nagano. Dr. Roland Felber will serve as the company's business manager, Ronald H. Adler will be the company's artistic administrator, and Dr. Ulrike Hessler will serve as the opera's director of communications and development.

More information can be found at the Bavarian Staatsoper.


Kent Nagano Announces First Season at Bavarian State Opera

By Vivien Schweitzer
From PlaybillArts.c0m - 06 Apr 2006

The Bavarian State Opera's 2006-07 season, the first under music director Kent Nagano, includes four new productions and two world premieres, the company announced.
Opening night on October 27 features a double bill of a new production of Strauss's Salome, directed by William Friedkin with sets by Hans Schavernoch; and the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm's one-act opera Das Gehege, set to a libretto by Botho Strauss.
Nagano said, "It was especially important to me to combine Salome with the work of this most successful German composer, whose keen familiarity with Richard Strauss’s musical world enables him to take that tradition into the abstraction of the twenty-first century."
The announcement raised one practical question. The company's spring performances of Wagner's Parsifal feature Plácido Domingo in the title role, but the tenor is scheduled to sing Siegmund in Die Walküre with the Washington National Opera on the same dates. Representative for Domingo and the WNO were unable to immediately explain the discrepancy.
Other new productions include Massenet's Werther, conducted by Ivor Bolton, with direction, sets, and costumes by Jürgen Rose; a Claus Guth production of Verdi's Luisa Miller, conducted by Massimo Zanetti with sets and costumes by Christian Schmidt; and Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina, conducted by Nagano with sets by Dmitri Tcherniakov. For the latter work, Nagano will use Shostakovich’s orchestration of Mussorgsky's incomplete score.
A revival of Verdi's Don Carlo conducted by Zubin Mehta features René Pape and Ramón Vargas; Violeta Urmana sings Leonora di Vargas in Verdi's La forza del destino; Kurt Moll sings in several productions, including Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer. Countertenor David Daniels sings the title role of Handel's Orlando.
The world première of Korean composer Unsuk Chin's Alice in Wonderland will open the 2007 Munich Opera Festival on June 30, 2007. Nagano will conduct.
Other revivals on the schedule includes Britten's Billy Budd; Verdi's La Forza del Destino, Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Bellini's Norma, and Handel's Orphée et Eurydice.

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