MIECZYSŁAW WEINBERG-FESTIVAL: LADY MAGNESIA

Thursday, 23.5.19, 20:00
Kammer 1, Münchner Kammerspiele

Mieczysław Weinberg-Festival
Lady Magnesia (1975)
A chamber opera in one act

TEXT by the composer based on Bernard Shaw’s Farce Passion, Poison and Petrifaction
(in German)

SIR GEORGE FITZTOLLEMACHE Juan Carlos Petruzziello
LADY MAGNESIA, his wife  Susanne Bernhard
PHYLLIS, Maid Yulia Sokolik
ADOLPHUS BASTABLE, Butler Petro Ostapenko

SCENIC ARRANGEMENT Miriam Ibrahim
STAGE Miriam Ibrahim, Nicole Wytyczak
COSTUME, VIDEO Nicole Wytyczak
DRAMATURGY Andrea Schönhofer
LOOP / DJ Giovanni Berg
Jewish Chamber Orchestra Munich
CONDUCTOR Daniel Grossmann

An additional highlight of the festival is Weinberg’s absurd-comic chamber opera Lady Magnesia, which uses an unusual instrumentation for classical music.  It includes light music, dances and jazz but also hints at baroque music. The bizarre text from the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw on which it is based tells a tale of adultery, murder and – plaster!

MIECZYSŁAW WEINBERG FESTIVAL
2010, after the staged performance of the opera The Passenger, the story of a Holocaust survivor, which Mieczysław Weinberg set to music in 1968, a buzz went through the music world. How was this Russian composer of Jewish-Polish heritage overheard for so long? Now Weinberg can be found in the opera and orchestra programmes, but the deserving recognition of him and his work has not been given.
Weinberg is among the most important composers of the 20th century– this opinion was shared by his friend and mentor Dmitri Shostakovich. Weinberg was very productive and above all extremely versatile: 154 of his works have been preserved, including ballet, film and circus music, but also 22 symphonies, four chamber symphonies and six operas. From a simple melody with easy accompaniment to complicated twelve-tone music–experiment and tradition are not mutually exclusive for Weinberg; he mastered all musical forms, genres and styles.
The Jewish Chamber Orchestra Munich takes advantage of the 100thbirthday of this brilliant composer, who spent his last 57 years in exile, to dedicate a festival to his multi-facetted work and his unusual biography.

Tickets € 34/28/23/17/8
Ticket sales opens on the 3rd of April 2019.
Advance booking via email: info@jcom.de

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