Commemorating the anniversary of Lortzing’s death

Albert Lortzing died on the 21st of January 1851 in Berlin. Personally I prefer to celebrate his birthday on 23 October, but this year I have a special reason to give some attention to his dying day and write this little post. Bert Hagels, who helped me in 2009 by adding a substantial part to […]

Opernausgrabung: world premier of “Andreas Hofer” in Annaberg-Buchholz.

The Eduard-von-Winterstein-Theater Annaberg-Buchholz had last month an interesting surprise to offer for Lortzing fans: the world premier of “Andreas Hofer”. This work, written as one of four “Liederspiele” in 1832 during Lortzing’s “Lehrjahre” in Detmold (the other plays were “Der Pole und sein Kind”, “Szenen aus Mozarts Leben” and “Der Weihnachtsabend”), has never before been […]

Even Radbod once played with Scepter and Crown.

In “Frysk lieteboek. In gearjefte, de Friezen oanbean. Op ‘e nij biwirke en neigien fen T.E. Halbertsma en W. Faber (…)” I found, among other songs with Frisian lyrics on popular works by classical composers as No. 53 the song “In liet fen Radbod” – “A Song of Radbod”. Although there is no indication of […]

An Unknown Letter of Albert Lortzing.

On 14 April 2014 I found a letter of Albert Lortzing, that he wrote on 2 february 1841, in the National Library of The Netherlands. The letter is just registered in the catalogue, but, probably due to the fact that Lortzing is not very well known in The Netherlands, or for the reason that it […]

Lortzing and Nestroy

I’ve been thinking for a long time about a connection between Albert Lortzing and Johann Nestroy.There are a lot of similarities (e.g. year of birth), although Nestroy didn’t write his own music. In the “Nestroyana” 26 (2006), pg. 125-26 (I wish the Albert Lortzing Gesellschaft had such a great journal), Jürgen Hein kickstarted further investigations […]

Two videos of “Ali Pascha Von Janina”

Performed at the National Opera Theatre of Tirana, 26 march 2013. Featuring Erlind Zeraliu as Robert Eriona Gjyzeli as Arianna.

Ressmann im Gespräch mit Hansgünther Heyme: “Oper Regina”

Heyme erläutert in dem TV-Gespräch sein Regiekonzept, Lortzing unverfälscht auf die Opernbühne zu bringen. Die Opernproduktion erfolgte in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern. Deutsche Demokratiegeschichte als große Oper, ein TV-Gespräch über eine außergewöhnliche Inszenierung.

“Dann bricht der Freiheit Morgen an” – Lortzing as a political composer.

A new book on Lortzing has been published last month:Eva Marie Schnelle: “Dann bricht der Freiheit Morgen an”. Die Opern Albert Lortzings in ihrem verfassungsgeschichtlichen Kontext.Schriftenreihe der Albert-Lortzing-Gesellschaft, Band 1Leipziger UniversitätsverlagISBN 978-3-86583-812-4 It is about Lortzing as a political composer. Which is not a new perspective: although we know Lortzing mainly as a composer of […]

Lortzing’s Regina in Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern.

Currently Lortzing’s oper “Regina” is performed in the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern theatre. The work has a strange history, but I will not go over that here; others have done that better. But, since the first performance of the restored version in Gelsenkirchen in 1998, the popularity of the work is rising, which is a good thing, […]

Kruse’s Lortzing Biography (1899) online, and more Lortzing Freebies!

George Richard Kruse is one of the first biographers of Lortzing and his work cannot be underestimated. He published Lortzing’s letters in three editions and several short articles. Also he published a great deal of Lortzing’s Operas with extensive, “in der Beschränkung zeigt sich nicht der Meister” prefaces and he wrote two biographies. One of […]