Thursday 24 June 2021

Celebrating Alexander von Zemlinsky's influential period as music director of the New German Theatre in Prague

Alexander von Zemlinsky
Alexander von Zemlinsky

Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942) was the music director of the New German Theatre (now the State Opera) in Prague from 1911 to 1927, during which time he expanded the repertoire and premiered numerous works, including his own compositions, but also Arnold Schönberg's Erwartung, as well as performing music by Ernst Krenek, Paul Hindemith, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Franz Schreker.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth, on 14 October 2021, a festival will be held in his honour in Prague from 8 to 10 October 2021 as part of the Musica non grata programme. The highlight of this will be the world premiere of the fragment of his opera Malva based on a story by Maxim Gorky will be premiered at the  State Opera on 10 October 2021, orchestrated and edited by Antony Beaumont. In addition, four concerts with works by Zemlinsky, his contemporaries and composers close to him, will be part of the programme during the festival. 

During 2021/22, Musica non grata will also be featuring music by Hans Krása, Kurt Weill, Arnold Schönberg, Franz Schreker's Der ferne Klang and Erwin Schulhoff's Flammen.

Full details from the Musica non grata website.

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