Monday 10 April 2017

Hindemith's Die Harmonie der Welt in Linz

Johannes Kepler
We don't get many of Paul Hindemith's large scale operas in the UK, though Mathis der Mahler did make a fleeting appearance at Covent Garden in 1995. There is a chance in Linz, as on Saturday 8 April 2017 Hindemith's opera about Johannes Kepler, Die Harmonie der Welt opened in a new production directed by Dietrich Hilsdorf at the Linz Musiktheater, with musical direction from Gerrit Prießnitz & Daniel Spaw, and Seho Chang as Kepler. 

Hindemith conducted the premiere of the opera in Munich in 1957, with Hindemith using Kepler's study of the planetary system as a metaphor for his own particular musical system. Kepler was, amongst other things, a teacher of mathematics in Linz, an association which has helped bring about the production.

The opera opened on 8 April and there are performances until 11 June 2017, full information from the Landestheater Linz website.

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