The season also marks the tenth birthday of music theater, which is celebrated with a number of events. The program features the premiere of the opera “Benjamin Button” and several premieres in musicals. And one harbors the hope that one can once again play through a season.
The program booklet contains a total of 41 new productions. Among them are six premieres – mostly in youth theater – as well as one European, two German-speaking and five Austrian premieres.
Opera highlights of the new season
The opera season will open on September 24th with the late romantic opera “Die tote Stadt” by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. The musical direction is in the hands of opera and orchestra director Markus Poschner, who is delighted to be able to conduct “this grandiose masterpiece” for the first time. Poschner also takes over the musical direction of Richard Wagner’s “Meistersinger von Nürnberg”, last performed in Linz 13 years ago and now for the first time in the Musiktheater am Volksgarten (premier April 8).
Peter Konwitschny directs and designs the stage in Giuseppe Verdi’s classic “La Forza del Destino” (The Power of Destiny). After great success in Dortmund, Bonn and Zurich, the production of Georg Friedrich Handel’s opera “Rinaldo” is now being performed in Linz (directed by Jens-Daniel Herzog). The Linz Opera Studio is contributing Conradin Kreutzer’s romantic opera “Melusina”. With “La Tragedie de Carmen” by Peter Brook and Marius Constant on the studio stage and the children’s opera “Wanda Walfisch” by Anna Wenzel, there are also two Austrian premieres on the programme.
Also operettas and musicals
Operetta fans will get their money’s worth with Emmerich Kalman’s “Gräfin Mariza”. Finally, there will also be a smaller but mobile operetta production that will be given guest performances in Upper Austrian theaters and restaurants.
At the start of the season, the musical brings “Anastasia” by Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens and Terrence McNally to the stage as the Austrian premiere (September 10). The play is based on a 1990s cartoon about the legend of the surviving daughter of the Tsar. In “Catch Me If You Can” by – also – Terrence McNally, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the impostor Frank Abagnale fools an FBI agent, accompanied by the big band sound of the Bruckner Orchestra. “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” by Dave Malloy (February 11) will be shown in Europe for the first time. The Broadway musical dresses Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” in electro-pop sounds. With “Fun Home” (April 14) there is a German-language premiere in the BlackBox, the musical by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron is based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel and deals with growing up in a undertaker’s family. With “Bam!” the musical company celebrates its tenth birthday in May.
Another program at the Landestheater Linz
The acting season starts with “Lulu” by Frank Wedekind (September 17). Head of acting Stephan Suschke is directing Max Frisch’s “Biedermann and the Arsonists” (October 29) and “Before Sunrise” by Ewald Palmetshofer (February 18). “Alice disappears” by the two Thomas Bernhard scholarship holders Selma Matter and Marie Lucienne Verse will be premiered on the experimental studio stage (December 4). Director Susanne Lietzow takes on the “Pension Schöller” by Wilhelm Jacoby and Carl Laufs, Sara Ostertag is staging the Austrian premiere of “A Posthuman History”, in which Pat To Yan dares a disturbing look into the future. Classics include Kafka’s “The Trial” and Shakespeare’s “What You Want” on the program.
There are some changes in the ballet after the separation from the former division head. Contrary to previous usage, successor Roma Janus does not direct or choreograph himself. Instead, Johannes Wieland brings his play “Neuzeit” to the stage (October 8), and Andrey Kaydanovskiy directs and choreographs Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty”. The ballet “Traumzeit” is designed by the dance ensemble itself.