Opera, classics take center stage at Weimar

WEIMAR, Germany -- A series of classical concerts with visiting orchestras and groups will kick off Weimar's Cultural Capital calendar for 1999. A summary of events follows.

  • On Jan. 15, the classical concert series begins with a 200th anniversary performance of Joseph Haydn's oratorio "The Creation," presented by the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.
  • On April 30, the Berlin Staatskapelle and the choir of the German State Opera will be on hand to present a performance of Johannes Brahms' German "Requiem."
  • The Kirov Opera choir and orchestra of St. Petersburg, Russia, will appear June 12 to perform Hector Berlioz' "Requiem."
  • On June 16 and 17, the Budapest Festival Orchestra will be in town to perform works by Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner.
  • A combined performance by the Bavarian State Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta, will take place Aug. 29 with a presentation of Gustav Mahler's "Symphony No. 2."
  • On various dates in December, Johann Sebastian Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" and early cantatas will be performed by the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Opera performances on the Weimar schedule for 1999 include the following:

  • Berlioz' "Damnation of Faust" on March 13 and May 28.
  • Wagner's "Parsifal" on April 2 and 10 and May 1 and 22.
  • Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" on June 19 and 26, July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18 and Oct. 2.
  • Strauss' "Rosenkavalier" on Oct. 3, Nov. 4, 20 and 27, and Dec. 11 and 26.
  • Dance companies on tap include the Tokyo Ballet, which will perform the premier of a creation by Maurice Bejart during the first two weeks of April; Madrid's National Co. of Dance, with music by Bach, choreographed by Nacho Duato, during late April and early May; Stockholm's Cullberg Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet, and Brazil's Grupo Corpo, performing on various dates in June.

    A large roster of international jazz greats are also on the schedule of events, and there will even be a "percussion festival" with drummers from Africa, Japan and Sweden.

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