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US Premiere Staging of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Das Wunder der Heliane at the Bard Music Festival

Jul. 15, 2019

US Premiere Staging of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's <em>Das Wunder der Heliane</em> at the Bard Music Festival

The 30th Bard Music Festival celebrates the music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold this summer in the bucolic surrounds of the Hudson River Valley. In addition to presenting the US premiere of Korngold's opera Das Wunder der Heliane (The Miracle of Heliane), a spectacular array of concerts and panels are set to take place on two weekends in August, August 9-11 and August 16-18. The events will highlight Korngold's life and music, along with music of his contemporaries in Austria and the United States. The first weekend focuses on Korngold in Vienna, while the second weekend turns the focus on Korngold in America. Both weekends feature works from all genres, including solo pieces, songs, chamber pieces, orchestral works, film scores and opera.

Bard SummerScape Opera's US premiere staging of Das Wunder der Heliane is sure to be a highlight of the 2019 summer festival season and takes place from July 26-August 4. Set in an unnammed totalitarian state, The Miracle of Heliane weaves a mysterious tale of an intricate, erotic triangle between a ruthless despot, The Ruler; his beautiful and neglected wife, Heliane; and a young, messianic Stranger. This new production of Das Wunder der Heliane is directed by Christian Räth and the American Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Leon Botstein. The Festival will culminate with a performance of Korngold's beloved operatic masterwork "Die tote Stadt", with a libretto based on the short novel Bruges-la-Morte by Belgian Symbolist poet and author, Georges Rodenbach.

Founded in 1990, the Bard Music Festival has established its unique identity in the classical concert field by presenting programs that, through performance and discussion, place selected works in the cultural and social context of the composer’s world. 

Listen to the festival's music director, Leon Botstein, introduce the 2019 Bard Music Festival program:

(Die Tote Stadt/Erich Wolfgang Korngold/Deutsch Oper Berlin/Heinrich Hollreiser, conductor)

In other Korngold news, The New York Philharmonic performed "Fanfare" and "Love Scene" from The Adventures of Robin Hood at Bravo! Vail in Colorado on July 18. 

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Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Die tote Stadt, Op. 15
opera in three acts
libretto (Ger) by Paul Schott after Georges Rodenbach’s novel “Bruges-la-morte”
for 2S, A, 3T, 2B; SATB Chorus
onstage: 2Ebcl-2tpt-perc-org; 2tpt.2tbn

Quintet in E Major, Op. 15 (1921–22)
for piano and string quartet

The Sea Hawk (1940)
Theme from the motion picture
for orchestra

The Passover Psalm, Op. 30 (1941)
for soprano solo, mixed choir and orchestra
Hymn to Hebrew prayers from the Haggadah
for soprano solo, mixed choir and orchestra
Lyrics based on Haggadah Texts by Jacob Sonderling 

Tomorrow, Op. 33 (1944)

Cello Concerto in C Major, Op. 37 (1946)
for cello and orchestra

Sextet in D Major, Op. 10 (1914–16)
for two violins, two violas, and two cellos

Piano Concerto in C-sharp Major, Op. 17 (1923)
for piano left hand and orchestra

Much Ado About Nothing Suite, Op. 11 (1918–19)
for chamber orchestra

Suite, Op. 23 (1930)
for two violins, cello, and piano left hand

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Symphonic Suite for large orchestra
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Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 25 (1931) 
for piano solo

Four Shakespeare Songs, Op. 31 (1937–41)
for high voice and piano

Narrenlieder, Op. 29 (1937)
for high voice and piano

String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 34 (1945) 
for string quartet

Sonett für Wien, Op. 41 (1953)
for mezzo-soprano and piano