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Saturday, January 13, 2018 Permalink

At The Opera, Korngold: Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City) January 13, 2018

  

Die tote Stadt (German for The Dead City) is an opera in three acts by Erich Wolfgang Korngold to a libretto by Paul Schott, a collective pseudonym for the composer and his father, Julius Korngold; it is based on the 1892 novel Bruges-la-Morte by Georges Rodenbach. When Die tote Stadt had its premiere on December 4, 1920, Korngold was just 23 years old with two short one-act operas, Der Ring des Polykrates and Violanta, already to his name. The success of these earlier works was so great that Die tote Stadt was subject to a fierce competition among German theatres for the right to the world premiere. The opera's theme of overcoming the loss of a loved one resonated with contemporary audiences of the 1920s who had just come through the trauma and grief of World War I, and this undoubtedly fueled the work's popularity.

Die tote Stadt was one of the greatest hits of the 1920s. Within two years of its premiere it had circled the globe, including several performances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:10pm
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Die Tote Stadt BUY ; Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
10:00pm
10:45pm
Verdi: Gloria All'Egitto, Ad Iside Aida March BUY ; Zubin Mehta, conductor
11:00pm
11:14pm
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, Act I Scene 4: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön BUY from Mozart; composed by Mozart
11:18pm
Mozart: Don Giovanni, K. 527, Act II Scene 10: Il mio tesoro intanto BUY from Mozart; composed by Mozart
11:22pm
Mozart: Così fan tutte, K. 588, Act I Scene 12: Un'aura amorosa BUY from Mozart; composed by Mozart
11:26pm
Gounod: Faust: Salut! BUY Bjorling/Merrill
11:31pm
Bizet: Pearl Fishers Duet BUY from Jussi Björling & Robert Merrill Perform Operatic Arias and Duets; composed by Bizet
11:36pm
Bizet: The Flower Song BUY from Jussi Björling & Robert Merrill Perform Operatic Arias and Duets; composed by Bizet
11:40pm
Meyerbeer: O Paradiso L'Africain BUY from Jussi Björling & Robert Merrill Perform Operatic Arias and Duets; composed by Meyerbeer
11:44pm
Verdi: Don Carlo Duet BUY from Jussi Björling & Robert Merrill Perform Operatic Arias and Duets; composed by Verdi
11:54pm
Verdi: Si pel Ciel - Otello BUY from Jussi Björling & Robert Merrill Perform Operatic Arias and Duets; composed by Verdi

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