Late and post-Romantic, neo-classicism and neobaroque are brought together in the concert Vier letzte Lieder that offers an excellent sampling of the German-Austrian musical worlds of the first half of the 20th century – a fascinating cultural-historical cross-section in which worldly success and the vilification of artists are starkly contrasted.
Cardillac from 1926 is as gripping as a spine tingling whodunnit, at the same time as offering a nod to the contemporary world of Antwerp jewellers. The libretto, based on an early crime novella by E.T.A. Hoffmann, tells a timeless story. Hindemith's austere music is exceptionally to-the-point and perfectly captures the dramatic situation. A diamond in the rough in the hands of director Guy Joosten.
For this production of Cardillac, Opera Vlaanderen invited Guy Joosten, who previously demonstrated his affinity for early 20th-century operas in 2009 with Wozzeck.
The former principal conductor Dmitri Jurowski, who confirmed his mastery of the genre in this work, will be musical director for Cardillac.
In Cardillac, the leading role will be performed by the British baritone Simon Neal, who previously dazzled in Calixto Bieito's production of Mahagonny.
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A musical and cultural cross-section of the 1920s: Suite 1922 by Paul Hindemith (fragments); songs and piano music by George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Paul Magritte, and more.