Note
This Page is dedicated to the Bregenz, Austria opera production of July 2013
See this page for the Warsaw, Poland opera production of October 2014
See this page for the Welsh National Opera production 2016/2017
See this Page for general information about the opera

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Artwork for Opera Posters
(Bregenz, Austria - July 2013)


Opera Scenes - View individually or
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(Courtesy Karl Forster)


Opera Scenes - View individually or
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 Opera Premiere July 18, 2013
The 2013 Bregenz Festival in Austria gave the world premiere of The Merchant of Venice (Der Kaufmann von Venedig) at the Festival Theater on July 18th with additional performances on July 21st and July 28th. This was a co-production with the Grand Theatre, Warsaw, and supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, which means the opera will move to Warsaw in 2014. The opera is in three acts and an epilogue by André Tchaikowsky with the libretto by John O’Brien, after the play by William Shakespeare.

Opera Reviews
Below is a sampling of reviews, generated by an international press. (Note: PDF files are designed to be read by Adobe PDF Reader.)

In English
Website and/or PDF Link
Summary of Press Reports
Internet Link - Click Here | PDF File - Click Here
Opera Magazine PDF File - Click Here
Financial Times PDF File - Click Here
New York Times Internet Link - Click Here | PDF File - Click Here
The Telegraph Internet Link - Click Here | PDF File - Click Here
Rzeczpospolita PDF File - Click Here
Polityka PDF File - Click Here
Culture EN PDF File - Click Here
Gazeta PDF File - Click Here
Ruch Muzyczny PDF File - Click Here
Wprost Kultura PDF File - Click Here
E-teatr "The Other Tchaikowsky" PDF File - Click Here
European Stages PDF File - Click Here
W Jezyku Polskim
Website and/or PDF Link
Polityka Internet Link - Click Here | PDF File - Click Here
E-teatr "Inny Czajkowski"
Internet Link - Click Here | PDF File - Click Here
Wprost Kultura PDF File - Click Here
Ruch Muzyczny Internet link - Click Here | PDF File - Click Here
Gazeta Internet Link - Click Here | PDF File - Click Here
Culture PL Internet Link - Click Here | PDF File - Click Here
Dwutygodnik Internet Link - Click Here | PDF File - Click Here
Rzeczpospolita PDF File s- Click Here | PDF Files - Click Here
In Deutsch
Website and/or PDF Link
Die Welt Internet Link - Click Here | PDF File - Click Here
Neckar-Chronik Internet Link - Click Here | PDF File - Click Here
En Français
Website and/or PDF Link
Blogspot Internet Link - Click Here | PDF File - Click Here

Videos related to The Merchant of Venice (Bregenz, Austria - July 2013)

The following table lists known videos centric to The Merchant of Venice. This table will be updated as other videos become available.
Subject
Source
Note
To View
Opera sample from EuroArts YouTube From 2014 DVD Click Here
Opera Act 1 (complete) YouTube From Rehearsal Click Here
Opera Act 2 (complete) YouTube From Rehearsal Click Here
Opera Act 3 (complete) YouTube From Premiere (TV) Click Here
Opera Epilogue (complete) YouTube From Premiere (TV) Click Here
Opera Scenes 1 YouTube From Premiere Click Here
Opera Scenes 2 YouTube From Premiere Click Here
Opera Scenes 3 YouTube From Premiere Click Here
Extracts from the opera YouTube From Premiere Click Here
"Quality of Mercy" Aria (Act 3) YouTube From Premiere Click Here
Opera Overview from Television YouTube In German Click Here
Post-Opera Interviews and Scenes YouTube In German Click Here
Opera Scenes Slideshow YouTube Music is Invention 5a Click Here
Peter Jungblut reviews the opera
BR Klassik Radio (audio only)
YouTube
In German
Magdalena Anna Hofmann (Portia)
talks about her role (June 28, 2013)
YouTube In German Click Here
David Pountney introduces "The Merchant" (November 15, 2012) YouTube In German Click Here

Links of Interest
Below are links related in some manner to The Merchant of Venice opera.

Wales Arts Review interviews David Pountney about how "The Merchant" came to Bregenz pdf file English
(August 2014)
Click Here
David Pountney interview from radio show, Music Matters with Tom Service (segment only - Click Here for the entire broadcast) mp3 File English (radio show)
(Feb. 2014)
Click Here
Interview with David Ferré (webmaster) and Dr. Anastasia Belina-Johnson (biographer) mp3 File English (radio show)
(August 2013)
Click Here
Interview with Dr. Anastasia Belina-Johnson (biographer) mp3 File German (radio show)
(July 2013)
Click Here
Interview with Dr. Anastasia Belina-Johnson (biographer) mp3 File English (radio show)
(July 2013)
Click Here
"Kupiec wenecki". Spelnione marzenie Czajkowskiego mp3 File Polish (radio show)
(July 2013)
Click Here
Andrzej Czajkowski: cudowny muzyk i jego "Kupiec wenecki" mp3 File Polish (radio show)
(July 2013)
Click Here
Who is Shylock? (Wer ist Shylock?) YouTube German (part 1 of 5)
(June 2013}
Click Here
David Pountney receives Polish honor in a ceremony in Vienna Internet English Text
(April 2013)
Click Here
"The Quality of Tchaikowsky" David Pountney blog (copy of original) HTML File English Text
(May 2012)
Click Here

Opera Cast for the World Premiere
The following is a summary of the cast for the world premiere of The Merchant of Venice.


Music Director
Erik Nielsen


Stage Director
Keith Warner


Designer
Ashley Martin-Davis


Light
Davy Cunningham


Chorus Director
Lukáš Vasilek


Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Vienna, Austria


Duke of Venice (Bass)
Richard Angas
(1942-2013)


Antonio, a Merchant of Venice
(Countertenor) - Christopher Ainslie


Bassanio, his friend (Tenor)
Charles Workman


Salerio (Bass-Baritone)
Adrian Clarke


Solanio (Bass-Baritone)
Norman Patzke


Gratiano (Bass-Baritone)
David Stout


Lorenzo, in love with Jessica (Tenor) Jason Bridges


Shylock, a rich Jew (Baritone)
Adrian Eröd


Jessica, Shylock's daughter (Soprano) Kathryn Lewek


Portia, a rich heiress (Mezzosoprano)
Magdalena Anna Hofmann


Nerissa, her Waiting-maid (Mezzosoprano) Verena Gunz


A boy (Soprano)
Hanna Herfurtner


Prince of Aragon, Suitor to Portia
Juliusz M. Kubiak


Prince of Morocco, Suitor to Portia
Elliot Lebogang Mohlamme


Actors of the festival


Prague Philharmonic Choir


2013 Bregenz Festival Events featuring André Tchaikowsky
The following summaries all the events at the 2013 Bregenz Festival that feature the compositions of André Tchaikowsky. Click Here for the Symposium program (PDF - English). Click Here for a review (in German).


Merchant of Venice
July 18, 2013
July 21, 2013
July 28, 2013
The Inventions - Opus 2
Maciej Grzybowski, piano
July 20, 2013

Seven Sonnets of Shakespeare
Maciej Grzybowski, piano
Urszula Kryger, Mezzo-soprano

July 20, 2013

String Quartet No. 2
Meccorre String Quartet

July 21, 2013
Arioso e Fuga per Clarinetto Solo
Heinz-Peter Linshalm, clarinet
July 22, 2013
Piano Concerto, Opus 4
Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Paul Daniel, conductor
Maciej Grzybowski, piano
July 22, 2013
Trio Notturno Op. 6
Altenberg Trio
July 30, 2013

Tango and Mazurka
Aaron Pilsan, piano

August 7, 2013