News – Ring Award 2014
When she heard a Wagner opera for the first time she almost fell asleep – today she is an ardent messenger propagating the works of Richard Wagner.
For many years now Claudia Weyringer, together with her husband Heinz Weyringer, has been a driving force of the Wagner Forum Graz, which is a cultural organization that devotes itself to the dissemination of Richard Wagner, that giant of German music, from a liberal and modern perspective. In addition, she has been an active member of the organizational committee of the internationally renowned music theatre competition RING AWARD.
In an interview given to the monthly magazine DIE STEIRERIN (THE STYRIAN WOMAN), Claudia Weyringer talks about her passion for Wagner and the music theatre in general and offers first insight into the programme of the International Richard Wagner Congress to be held in Graz in 2014 as an artistic and touristic highlight of the year.
The full interview can be visited HERE.
Ring Award winner Sam Brown stages Leonard Bernstein’s CANDIDE at Opéra national de Lorraine.
Before Sam Brown and his professional partner Annemarie Woods will return to Oper Graz (from 26 April 2014) to stage Donizetti’s belcanto opera LA FAVORITE, the English director will go to Nancy for an exciting new production of Leonard Bernstein’s CANDIDE.
Candide, the clueless and naively optimistic hero, in his desperate search for his love experiences an odyssey passing through a villainous and evil world. Instead of the imagined “best of all worlds” he ever anew meets wickedness and bottomless human pits.
Based on Voltaire’s philosophical and satirical novel CANDIDE – a glary mixture of adventure story, fairytale and critical documentary – Bernstein created a colourful composition for the music theatre, which director Sam Brown will now put on the international opera stage at Nancy, to be premiered on 5 December 2013.
CONGRATULATIONS x 2
The annual critics’ choice of the highly coveted title of „Stage Director of the Year“ carried out by the journal “Opernwelt” this time honoured Tatjana Gürbaca, opera director of Staatstheater Mainz and again this year member of the RING AWARD jury. The decision was motivated by the following reasons as expressed by the verdict:
“She has courage. Takes her risks. Radically tests her works’ here and now. Using stringent, often surreal images. To surprise herself and us. This has been achieved by Tatjana Gürbaca, „Stage Director of the Year“, ever again since her success at the Graz RING AWARD 2000. Last season so with her spine-chilling and beautiful Mainz MACBETH, raving under sunflowers. She has worked at Mainz since 2011 as opera director responsible for the music theatre.
But Tatjana Gürbaca has also won in the category „Performance of the Year“ with her last year’s production of PARSIFAL at Vlaamse Opera Antwerp/Ghent.
At the RING AWARD semifinals on 10 January 2014, Tatjana Gürbaca will be part of a fascinating round table discussion where she is joined, among others, by Elisabeth Sobotka, Intendantin of Oper Graz, Dietmar Schwarz, Intendant of Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Dirk Kaftan, Musical Director of Oper Graz. The topic will be the profession of the opera singer in today’s music theatre; at 8 p. m., Theater Next Liberty, Graz.
In Berlin there is also reason for rejoicing: the Komische Oper was successful and chosen “Opera House of the Year”. The renowned jury of the journal “Opernwelt” justifies its decision by saying that even in their very first season, Barrie Kosky, Intendant and Chief Director, and his colourful and energetic ensemble had tremendous success with their audiences.
Exoticism & Desire
The Austrian stage designer Nikolaus Webern, who together with director Morton K. Roesen and costume designer Carla Caminati won the ring.award.off 2011, will be responsible for the stage design of DIE PILGER VON MEKKA (LA RENCONTRE IMPRÉVUE / LES PÈLERINS DE LA MECQUE) at Landestheater Salzburg, to open on 27 October. This production will be directed by Jacopo Spirei.
Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opéra comique – his version of “The Abduction from the Seraglio“ – combines a variety of stylistic elements, such as oriental folklore, country songs, and demanding arias, and tells the moving story of an aristocrat who sets out in search of his abducted fiancée and finally seeks her out at the court of a sultan.
Next year, Nikolaus Webern will return to Graz, together with the director Josef Maria Krasanovsky: the team will stage a new dramatisation of Ödön von Horvath’s most successful novel, JUGEND OHNE GOTT (YOUTH WITHOUT GOD), to be premiered on 18 February 2014 at Next Liberty.
Semifinals – the die is cast
First of all, we would like to congratulate all participants on their generally very fine contributions to Ring Award 2014!
We are extremely pleased this year about the great number and the high quality of submissions, which made it rather difficult for our jury to reach fair decisions. Even more so than in earlier years, we are sorry about the limited number of teams that can make it into the semifinals, and our jury had to take extra evaluation rounds to reach their verdicts. This year’s participants have again shown that no-one interested in the theatre need be worried about the future of the musical theatre as long as such dedicated young people continue to be active!
Congratulations to the twelve semifinals teams, and we wish all participants the very best and much success with all their future artistic projects!
Semifinals teams RING AWARD 14:
Andrea Bernard (I) / Elena Beccaro (I)
Diane Chèvre-Clément (F) / Barbara del Piano (F)
Anna Dirckinck-Holmfeld (DK) / Signe Beckmann (DK)
Federico Grazzini (I) / Andrea Belli (I) / Valeria Donata Bettella (I)
Lina Hölscher (D) / Hanna Penatzer (A)
Daniela Kerck (D) / Hannah König (A)
Christiane Lutz (D) / Natascha Maraval (A)
Francesco Marchesi (I) / Alessandra Boffelli-Serbolisca (I)
Sandra Pocceschi (F) / Cristina Nyffeler (CH)
Tobias Ribitzky (D) / Florian Angerer (A) / Elvira Freind (D)
Verena Stoiber (D) / Sophia Schneider (D)
Dan Turdén (SWE) / Marie Moberg (DK)
Due to the great number and the consistently high quality of the total of 91 submissions from 29 nations, the RING AWARD 14 jury has identified 12 – instead of the originally planned 9 – teams as qualified to enter the semifinals of this 7th edition of the competition.
The semifinals teams will be announced within a week.