Thursday, December 08, 2005

John Adams, Kaija Saariaho Bake-off In Vienna?

John Adams's new one act opera, to a libretto based upon Krishnaswami Ramanujan, entitled A Flowering Tree -- to be directed by Peter Sellars -- will premiere in Vienna at the New Crowned Hope Festival, on November 14, 2006.

Kaija Saariaho's new opera based upon the life of French philosopher Simone Weil, to a libretto by Amin Maalouf and entitled La Passion de Simone -- also directed by Peter Sellers -- will premiere in Vienna less than two weeks later on November 26, 2006. The new Maalouf - Saariaho opera will feature Dawn Upshaw.

These operas are being co-produced by the Barbican in London, Lincoln Center, in New York City, the Berlin Philharmonie, and other producing organizations.

Source: via the MET's OperaNews Online

Partial Destruction of the Vienna Opera House, 1945

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