Monday, 20 February 2017
As the "opera guide for the 21st century", Stefan Mickisch presents entertaining and edifying introductory talks on a wide range of works in the opera literature. Following his commentary on Wagner's tetralogy The Ring of the Nibelung and his thoughts on the relationship between Keys and Star Signs, the virtuoso pianist, Wagner expert and musicologist will present three works of musical theatre this season that have close links with the Theater an der Wien: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Magic Flute, Ludwig van Beethoven's Fidelio and Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. On the basis of his exhaustive study of music literature and music history as well as musicology and music theory, Mickisch distils his comprehensive and detailed knowledge into an easy-to-follow and instructive lecture — without forgetting to add his inventive and down-to-earth humour. In addition, the combination of theory and practice as demonstrated in colourful fashion on the piano fills his talks with verve and originality.