An exciting start to an end for Karabits incorporating a rediscovered Liszt masterpiece

Kirill Karabits opens his final season as Music Director of the Deutsches Nationaltheater and Staatskapelle Weimar on the 19 & 20 August 2018 by conducting the World Premiere of Liszt’s rediscovered opera, Sardanopalo. Karabits explains, “I’m delighted to be conducting the premiere of Sardanapalo in Weimar. This discovery should open a new page not only in Liszt’s musical heritage but also in the music history of the 19th century.”


The music has been resurrected by David Trippett, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge. He discovered the opera manuscript was legible more than ten years ago, a century after it had been catalogued and largely forgotten in the Goethe und Schiller Archive in Weimar. “The music that survives is breath-taking – a unique blend of Italianate lyricism and adventurous harmonic turns and side-steps”, Trippett explains. “There is nothing else quite like it in the operatic world. It is suffused with Liszt’s characteristic style, but contains elements from Bellini and Meyerbeer, alongside glimmers of Wagner.” The world premiere concert performance will be broadcast on Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

Other highlights for Kirill over the coming months include his debuts with the Toronto, Cincinnati and Seattle Symphony Orchestras and he will be back on the road with the I, Culture Orchestra with concerts at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and the Bozar in Brussels. On the 3 October, he opens his 10th season as Chief Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with a performance of Mahler’s monumental Symphony No 2 live on BBC Radio 3.

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