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Opera Profile: Janacek’s ‘From the House of the Dead’
Premiering on April 12, 1930, “From the House of the Dead” is the final opera composed by Leos Janacek. Adapted from the novel of the same name written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, this opera is distinct from others composed by Janacek as it does not deal with themes of love. This work explores isolation and the past deeds of men held within a Serbian prison camp. When Janacek passed away in…
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Royal Opera House 2017-18 Review – From the House of the Dead: Prison Drama Locks Up Its Singers
Janáček’s final opera, "From the House of the Dead (Z mrtvého domu)," is among the operatic canon’s most insular works. Set in a Siberian prison camp, the piece is uncharacteristic as an opera from several perspectives: it features just a single female voice – although originally a mezzo sang the tenor role; its setting is confined to the lugubrious complexion of a jail, restricting a production’s color palette to a…
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Operatic Adaptations of Some of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Great Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, born on Nov. 11, 1821, is one of the most influential writers of all time. His works, most famously “Crime and Punishment” and “The Brothers Karamazov,” are best known for their psychological depth and some have gone so far as to call him one of the greatest psychologists of world literature. An ardent Christian, his works have been translated into over 170 languages and adapted into many films.…
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Opéra National de Paris to Celebrate Patrice Chéreau with Two Major Events
The Opéra de Paris is showcasing two events to celebrate the death of celebrated director Patrice Chéreau. The Tribute to the famed director will be highlighted by a new production of Janacek’s “From the House of the Death” and “Patrice Chéreau, Staging the Opera.” The new production of the Janacek opera will be the one directed by the famed director in co-production with the Holland Festival, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the…
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7 New Productions & 4 World Premieres Headline Royal Opera House’s 2017-18 Season
The Royal Opera House has announced its 2017-18 season, which will feature four World Premieres, seven new productions of established repertory classics and one concert performance. The New Productions The season opens on Sept. 11 with Richard Jones’ new take on Puccini’s “La Bohème.” Michael Fabiano leads the cast on opening night, though such notable artists as Maria Agresta, Benjamin Bernheim, Matthew Polenzani, Atalla Ayan, Mariusz Kwiecien, Nadine Sierra, Danielle…
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Jonas Kaufmann Leads New ‘Parsifal,’ ‘Andrea Chénier’ As Bayerische Staatsoper’s 2017-18 Season Features 41 Operas
The Bayerische Staatsoper has announced its 2017-18 season, which will feature a whopping six new productions and a total of 41 operas. The season opens in Japan in September with the “Così fan tutte” officially kicking things off in Munich at the end of the month. The New Productions The first new production of the year will be Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” directed by Christof Loy. That run begins…
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Everything You Need to Know About the Welsh National Opera’s 2017-18 Season
The Welsh National Opera announced its 2017-18 season, a schedule that features works accompanying certain themes and concepts. Fall 2018 - Russian Revolution The autumn season will kick off with three Russian-themed works – “Eugene Onegin,” “Khovanshchina” and Janácek’s “From The House of the Dead,” which is based on Dostoevsky’s book. This segment intents to honor the centenary of the Russian Revolution. “Onegin” features Natalya Romaniw as Tatyana in her…