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Culture Watch: Salonen conducts Janacek at Salzburg Festival

August 10, 2011 |  6:00 am

Janácek: "The Makropulos Case"

(Salzburg Festival)

When leaving the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen said that he figured he would agree to perhaps one major opera production a year somewhere in the world.  This season it is Janácek’s “Makropulos Case” at the Salzburg Festival in a new production by the quirky Swiss director Christoph Marthaler and starring Angela Denoke as a 300-year-old life-weary opera singer. The great Vienna Philharmonic is in the pit.

The production opens Aug. 10, and the Aug. 13 performance will be broadcast live. You can catch it over the Internet on ORF 1 (a channel of Austrian Radio) by clicking here or on Radio France here at 10:30 a.m. Los Angeles time. The production also will be filmed for eventual release on DVD.


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Photo: Angela Denoke (center) in Chrisoph Marthalers' new Salzburg production of "The Makropulos Case." Credit: Walter Mair / Salzburg Festival: