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Staatsoper: Neuer Versuch mit dem Kindsmord

VON WILHELM SINKOVICZ

Alfred Schnittkes "Gesualdo" wieder auf dem Spielplan: exzellent besetzt, aber nach wie vor problematisch.

Das Stück wird nicht besser, wenn man es bis in die kleinsten Rollen mit edelsten Stimmen besetzt, en gagiert spielt und singt. Doch reizt es gewiss jeden Musikfreund, der sich für die jüngste Vergangenheit der Operngeschichte interessiert, Alfred Schnittkes Spätwerk "Gesualdo", für die Wiener Staatsoper komponiert, noch einmal zu erleben. Ein paar Mal wird das Werk, von Jun Märkl offenbar sehr gewissenhaft neu einstudiert und mit grossem Engagement dirigiert, jetzt wieder gezeigt.

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