Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald

Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald

Opera in three acts (2014)

Music by HK Gruber
Libretto by Michael Sturminger based on the play by Ödön von Horváth

In German with German surtitles

cast

actor role
Conductor HK Gruber
Director Michael Sturminger
Set & costume design Renate Martin & Andreas Donhauser
Light design Olaf Winter
Marianne Ilse Eerens
Alfred Daniel Schmutzhard
Oskar Jörg Schneider
Valerie Angelika Kirchschlager
Zauberkönig Albert Pesendorfer
Mutter Anke Vondung
Grossmutter Anja Silja
Erich Michael Laurenz
Rittmeister / Beichtvater Markus Butter
Mister David Pittman-Jennings
Der Hierlinger Ferdinand Alexander Kaimbacher
Havlitschek Robert Maszl
Emma Susanne Grosssteiner
Orchestra Wiener Symphoniker
Chorus Ensemble NOVA
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Wiener Symphoniker

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Wiener SymphonikerChief Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Designated Chief Conductor (from 2014-15): Philippe Jordan
Honorary Conductors: Georges Prêtre, Wolfgang Sawallisch

As Vienna’s cultural ambassador and premier concert orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker handles the lion’s share of symphonic activity that makes up the musical life of the Austrian capital. The preservation of the traditional, Viennese orchestral sound occupies a central place in the orchestra’s various artistic pursuits.
The end of the nineteenth century was precisely the right time to establish a new Viennese orchestra for the purpose of presenting orchestral concerts with broad appeal, on the one hand, and to meet the need for first performances and premieres of contemporary works, on the other. In October 1900, the newly formed Wiener Concertverein, as it was called back then, gave its first public performance at the Vienna Musikverein with Ferdinand Löwe on the podium. The Wiener Symphoniker has premiered works that are now undisputed staples of the orchestral repertoire, including Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony, Arnold Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder, Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, and Franz Schmidt’s The Book with Seven Seals.
Over the course of its history, conducting greats like Bruno Walter, Richard Strauss, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Oswald Kabasta, George Szell and Hans Knappertsbusch have left an indelible mark on the orchestra. In later decades, Herbert von Karajan (1950-1960) and Wolfgang Sawallisch (1960-1970) were the Chief Conductors who moulded the sound of the orchestra most significantly. After the brief return of Josef Krips, the position of Chief Conductor was filled by Carlo Maria Giulini and Gennadij Roshdestvensky. Georges Prêtre was Chief Conductor from 1986 to 1991. Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Vladimir Fedoseyev then assumed leadership of the orchestra. Fabio Luisi assumed the position of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director at the start of the 2005-06 season, his successor in 2014-15 will be Philippe Jordan.
Leading lights who have enjoyed notable success as guests on the podium of the Wiener Symphoniker include Leonard Bernstein, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado and Sergiu Celibidache.
The Wiener Symphoniker appears in more than 150 concerts and operatic performances per season, the vast majority of which take place in Vienna’s well-known concert venues, the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus. Added to that is a very busy and extensive touring schedule.
Since 1946, the Wiener Symphoniker has been the orchestra in residence at the Bregenzer Festspiele, where it also plays the majority of operatic and symphonic performances. The orchestra also took on a new challenge at the beginning of 2006: That’s when the Theater an der Wien became a functioning opera house again, and the orchestra has been responsible for a signficant number of productions ever since.