Saturday, 6 February 2016

Today : European première of William Bolcom's 'McTeague' in Linz, Austria

Today, the Landestheater Linz presents the first performance in Europe of William Bolcom's opera McTeague, with a libretto by Arnold Weinstein and Robert Altman after Frank Norris' novel.

© Patrick Pfeiffer

The opera was first performed on October 31, 1992 at the Civic Opera House by the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
San Francisco, California in 1900 : pioneers and the gold rush are a thing of the past, and the still-Wild West is becoming an urban place of opportunities for the myth of the American Dream. The rise and fall of dentist McTeague that ends in the searing heat of Death Valley. (reproduced from the Landestheater website)
The cast includes tenor Corby Welch (McTeague), soprano Çiğdem Soyarslan (Trina Sieppe), baritone Seho Chang (Marcus Schouler) and mezzo Karen Robertson (Maria Miranda Macapa). Dennis Russell Davies conducts the theater Choir and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz (he was already in the pit in 1992).

The performance should last about 2 hours and 30 minutes. There is no broadcast planned yet. According to my personal database of about 180.000 performances since the early 1990s, there has been no performance of this opera since the world première.

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