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Thank you. "Die Frau ohne Schatten" was newly staged last May for the 150-years anniversary of the opening of the Viennese Opera, but performed five times, only. Now it was readopted and performed on the exact date, but 100 years later, of the original premiere. Thielemann now used the historic score of that premiere without any changes, what was appreciated by both the audience and the critics.

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@steve

Thank you so much for the link to that interesting and well written article (however, is Thielemann really the "most celebrated German conductor of the moment" and is he really "nationalist in his cultural politics"? In what respect? Seems that American perspectives can differ widely from ours).

The last picture in the article was apparently taken at the train station near Schloss Eckartsau, where Karl and Zita spent their last months before they went into exile. The little Schloss has been beautifully restored and is well worth a day trip from Vienna (I visited a couple of weeks ago).

Hope you are enjoying your days in Bavaria and hopefully the opera productions you are visiting are not too "revolutionary", as is unfortunately all too often the case at the National Theatre.

writing from Bavaria

ditto ;)

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Sla019 , The comment about Thielemann still has me scratching my head , not really certain what to make of it . Happy to report that last night's performance of " Tales of Hoffmann " was spectacular and not updated to a " modern dress " version . While I don't damn all such productions out of hand ( The 2009 " Der Rosenkavalier " from Baden Baden , worked very well ) , it was refreshing to see this set in the proper historical context . Sunday will bring " Coppelia " , time will tell . Thanks for the recommendation of Schloss Eckartsau .