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“Jewel in the Crown of German Culture”

Deutsches Nationaltheater and Staatskapelle Weimar
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Oberhausen, Germany
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“Jewel in the Crown of German Culture”
Reviewed 6 February 2011

The Deutsches Nationaltheater and Staatskapelle Weimar is a jewel in the crown of German culture, and well worth a visit. Current opera productions include a risky and experimental 'Tristan und Isolde' (Wagner), an amazing 'Fiery Angel' (Prokofiev) which is worth the journey across Germany to see, and 'Le nozze di Figaro. which includes a dramatic use of changing scenery that invites disaster and tests the skill of the stagehands and technicians. Upcoming is 'Die Lustige Witwe' (Lehar) and a revival of Wagner's complete Ring cycle.
The Schauspiel (German language theater) has a number of interesting productions, some of which get lost in the onstage brutality which seems typical of Schauspiel in Germany, and the lack of any real character focus among the predominantly young actors. Worth seeing is the modern take on Shakespeare's 'Der Sturm'.
The orchestra of Weimar has a history that dates back to 1491, and sometimes one is made aware of this history without being aware of any particular quality of playing that distinguishes it from other orchestras. But they excel in the Germanic repertoire, as one would expect a decent German orchestra to do.

Visited January 2011
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