opera in the quarry 2024
With 'Aida', Giuseppe Verdi fashioned a great opera about the immortality of love. Large and grandiose crowd scenes are contrasted with passionate, almost chamber-like episodes in which the longings and conflicts of the characters are beguilingly expressed by the music.
Egypt in the time of the Pharaohs - a secret, impossible love: the slave Aida and the military commander Radamès yearn to spend their lives together, and it is not only their unequal status that prevents them. The pharaoh’s passionate daughter Amneris also has eyes for the dapper captain and suspects her shy servant to be her rival. No one suspects that Aida is in fact the captured princess of Ethiopia. When the gods choose Radamès to command the decisive battle against the Ethiopians, Aida is plunged into an irresolvable conflict of conscience. This is compounded by Aida's father, King Amonasro, after he too is led into Egyptian captivity by the victorious Radamès. Aida sets out to use the love of both men to elicit from Radamès the secret military strategy against Ethiopia. For committing high treason, the once glorified commander is sentenced to death. Not even Amneris is able to mitigate the harsh sentence. Only in their last hour are the lovers truly united.
With 'Aida', Giuseppe Verdi fashioned a great opera about the immortality of love. Large and grandiose crowd scenes are contrasted with passionate, almost chamber-like episodes in which the longings and conflicts of the characters are beguilingly expressed by the music. Whether setting scenes of mystical incantation the temple, nocturnal encounters on the banks of the Nile, or dazzling triumphal set pieces, the old master of Italian opera strikes exactly the right, stirring note for every mood. With Aida's lyrical arias, Radamès' dreamy romance 'Holde Aida', or the opulent Triumphal March, Verdi added immortal melodies to the opera literature; and Aida's conflicts with her father and the pharaoh's daughter are brilliant musical-psychological depictions. More than almost any other opera, Verdi's masterpiece fits harmoniously into the rough, rocky landscape of Steinbruch St. Margarethen.
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Giuseppe Palella is winner of the prestigious Abbiati award of 2019, “Best Costume Designer for Italian Music Critics“. He took his first steps in the costume department fifteen years ago at Teatro dell'Opera in Rome where he collaborated with renowned directors including Franco Zeffirelli and Luca Ronconi.
Past design engagements include: I Puritani at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence and Teatro Regio of Turin, Guglielmo Ratcliff and Maria de Rudenz at Wexford Opera Festival, La Traviata, Samson and Dalila, Gianni Schicchi, and The Medium at Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste, Lucia di Lammermoor at La Maestranza in Sevilla, The Snow Queen with Teatro Puccini in Florence, Guillaume Tell, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana and Rigoletto (Theater Kiel), Orlanda finto pazzo with Korean National Opera Seoul. He designed the costumes for productions of Dorilla in Tempe and Duke Bluebeard’s Castle for Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Rusalka for Staatstheater Kassel, Un ballo in maschera in Oviedo and Giulio Cesare in Egitto in St. Gallen. He also supervised the costume department on Aida, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Un ballo in Maschera, Carmen and Roméo et Juliette at Arena di Verona, and Elektra for Patrice Chéreau at Teatro alla Scala.
Live Action Director
Ran Arthur Braun
Born in Jerusalem, Ran Arthur Braun is one of the world's most sought-after stunt coordinators and action designers. He has worked on more than 300 live productions so far with most leading opera houses and festivals.
Specialising in large-scale events lead him to collaborate world-wide with major production companies, including venues in Asia and the Middle East. He also enjoys a long-standing collaboration with the Bregenz Festival, where he has worked for more than 19 seasons.
Ran Arthur Braun has also made a name for himself as a director and set designer: he won the 2014 Music and Theatre Prize for Best Set Design and he was voted 2015 Director of the Year for his production of L’enfant et les sortilèges, both in Poland. He has been a member of Dmitri Tcherniakov's production team since 2017.
He teaches stage fighting at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, the Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo in Valencia, Bolshoi in Moscow and the Opera Studio in Amsterdam.
Ran also manages Action Actors for film, television and stage projects, with recent work provided for Lucas Films, Disney, Amazon Prime and Balich Wonder Studio.
Walter Zeh was born in Vienna where he studied at the Vienna Conservatory and at Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. In 1970, he became a member of the Vienna State Opera Chorus where he stayed for 32 years, his tasks also including a notable number of solo roles at Austria's most famous opera house. In addition, he gained guest contracts as a soloist at major opera houses such as Bavarian State Opera Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro alla Scala, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Opéra Bastille and Palais Garnier in Paris, Salzburger Festspiele as well as the Salzburg Easter Festival and Japan. He was busy as a concert and Lieder singer in Austria and abroad. For CD productions, he collaborated with some of today's most important conductors.
Since long, Walter Zeh is active as voice teacher and language coach for opera productions at Opéra Bastille in Paris or the Salzburg festivals. As a free-lance chorus master he has worked since 2002 for productions at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Ruhr-Triennale, Salzburger Festspiele, Musikfest Bremen, Lucerne Festival, Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Festspielhaus St. Pölten and Musikverein in Vienna. The Chinese National Choir invited him for preparing and conducting concert programs. In 2006, Walter Zeh founded the Philharmonia Chorus in Vienna.
Volker Werner trained as a sound engineer at Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, at University of Miami, Florida and Banff Centre in Canada. With his colleagues Philipp Treiber and David Menke, he founded his own company, PDV Records, specializing in sound systems for concerts, audio and video production as well as film music. PDV have worked for Wiener Festwochen or Disney in Concert, they produced musical TV events such as the national Whitsunday concert from Stift Melk und and have worked in the music team for cinema productions such as Mission Impossible or Alien: Covenant.
They enjoy their successful collaboration with renowned classical music artists such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Diana Damrau, Edita Gruberová and Michael Schade as well as world famous orchestras: the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra or the New York Philharmonic. Volker Werner is teaching at Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna and is deeply involved in the development of 3D audio formats, collaborating with Fraunhofer Institute. He was part of the development team for “Amadeus“ Active Acoustics Systems, debuting with the London Symphony Orchestra and inaugurating the Andermatt Concert Hall with the Berlin Philharmonic. He is responsible for the 3D sound system at the new James Bond Museum ”007 Elements" on top of the Gaislachkogl. Since 2016, Volker Werner and “Oper im Steinbruch“ enjoy their successful partnership.
Born in Kruja, Albania he was already participating in numerous concerts. In 2014 he started his studies at the Music School of Tirana (Liceu Artistik “Jordan Misja“) in the class of the mezzosoprano Alma Strazimiri.
After his graduation in Tirana, he took lessons with Inva Mula, Mirjam Tola and Prof. Mario Diaz.
Currently he is studying at the University of Music and Arts under the guidance of Univ. Prof. Melba Ramos and with Mirjam Tola.
Since 2019 Xhoiden Dervishi is “Ambasador for Peace“, a title which was given by Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon in Albania and Austria.
Philharmonia Chor Wien
Philharmonia Chor Wien were founded in 2002 following an initiative of former Salzburg festival general manager, Gérard Mortier. The chorus have worked with world-famous conductors: Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Christian Thielemann, Riccardo Muti a.o.
In summer 2013, the Philharmonia Chorus' singers were hired by the Salzburg festival to sing in Verdi's Falstaff under Zubin Mehta and Giovanna d'Arco under Paolo Carignani. An especially remarkable event war the first staged production of Wagner's Parsifal in China, under the baton of Gustav Kuhn for the Beijing Music Festival 2013. With great success, the Philharmonia Chorus appeared in Baden-Baden for the Easter Festival in 2014 with Puccini's Manon Lescaut and in 2015 with Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle. Furthermore, the Baden-Baden audience saw the chorus with Gounod's Faust under Thomas Hengelbrock and Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito under Stefan Soltesz with the Munich Philharmonic. They sang Don Giovanni at the Salzburg festival under Christoph Eschenbach und Donizetti's La Favorite under Roberto Abbado, followed in 2016 by Tristan und Isolde, Tosca in 2017 and again Faust, this time with the Vienna Philharmonic and Alejo Perez conducting. They joined Plácido Domingo in a concert performance of Massenet's Thais. After Tosca, L'elisir d'amore, Rigoletto and Die Zauberflöte, this is Philharmonia Chorus' fifth summer with “Oper im Steinbruch“.
For years, our visitors have been thrilled by the unforgettable stage
sets and the special effects at opera nights in St. Margarethen Quarry.
Come and peer over the set builders’ shoulders and get an idea of the
technology they use, and what goes on behind the scenes. Group
bookings and group price for 20+ people (tour guide can join for free),
max. 30 people.
Dates every performance (except premiere)
Time: July 7.15 pm und 7.45 pm
Time: August 6.45 pm und 7.15 pm
Duration: ca. 30 min
Price: € 7 per person
Meeting point: in front of the Festival shop at St. Margarethen Quarry
Language: available in English or Hungarian on request
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