ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD (1897-1957): Violanta.
Catalogue Number: 07W048
Description: This is Korngold's second opera, written in 1914 at the age of 17. It was premiered with great success at Munich’s Hoftheater on 28 March 1916, and a few days later in Vienna. The influence of the Austrian capital is key to understanding Korngold’s style. From the late 1800s to the early 1900s Vienna was a place of contrasts: nostalgia for the past and innovative trends; conservatism and creative energy. Korngold grew up in this environment, absorbing various influences which are all present in Violanta, making this opera a sort of 'small-scale Vienna'. Pier Luigi Pizzi, stage director, costume and lighting designer for this production, chose to set the action at the beginning of the 1920s in a decadent Venice, where distant echoes of a melancholic Carnival add a sense of gloom to the whole performance. Only previous recording was a 1980 release by CBS. German-English libretto. Annemarie Kremer (soprano), Michael Kupfer-Radecky (baritone), Norman Reinhardt (tenor), Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio Torino; Pinchas Steinberg.