“La Cenerentola” in the smallest opera

After more than two years of the pandemic, the 2022 season should convey a fairytale levity, says Stefan Gartner: “Our production ‘La Cenerentola’ is guaranteed to transport audiences to an enchanting fantasy world in the 230th year of the birth of This prolific film The writer Rossini Richard Banzenbock He is the director and the musical director is Homan Khalatbari.

And: “For me, opera also represents the fact that oppression and injustice cannot prevail in the end. I would like to believe in this idea now”, confirms the director. Based on one of the oldest and most famous fairy tales – “Cinderella” – it is Cinrentola who, “despite the humiliation of his father-in-law and his wives, believes that kindness and a pure heart can overcome any adversity”, according to Stefan Gartner, artist director of the classics festival in Kirchstein.

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Kirchstetten Castle, in which the Lower Austrian National Exhibition of 1998 was shown “Rebel and Adapted – Women’s Life in Austria”

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) was one of the most important authors of the Belle Canto opera. His works “Il barbiere di Siviglia” (“The Barber of Seville”), “L’italiana in Algeri” (“The Italian Lady of Algiers”) and “La Cenerentola” (“Cinderella”) are part of the group of standards operas around the world.

The opera must be directly tangible

After a long year in which the opera house moved to the main courtyard of Kirchstetten Palace for coronavirus prevention reasons, 2022 means a return to the original location of the Kirchstetten opera house – in “the Austria’s smallest opera”, by definition. Artistic Director Gartner: “We are fortunate to be able to use Mulbirch Hall, one of Winviertel’s most exclusive concert halls. For the public, but also for us as cultural actors, 2022 should be summer as it was then,” he says. Gartner.

A maximum of 160 people can attend a performance in Kirchstetten. The technical claim behind this intimate staging is to make the opera accessible and tactile as quickly as possible. “Instead of excessive technology and accessories, the focus is on the music, the voices, the expressiveness of the singers and their unique closeness to them”, explains the director.

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