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The Silver Lake - A Winter’s Tale (Der Silbersee)

Kurt Weill - Autumn 2019

ETO’s first Kurt’s Weill production

Director 
James Conway
Conductor 
James Holmes

Though best known for his brilliant and bitter collaborations with Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill was a serious composer with deep social convictions. The Silver Lake – A Winter’s Tale (Der Silbersee), his last work in Germany, was a collaboration with the poetic playwright Georg Kaiser. It was closed down by the Nazi authorities in 1933, and it was not performed for many years. For many, it is his masterpiece.

In numbers like “The Ballad of Caesar’s Death” and “The Song of the Lottery Ticket Seller”, there is sharp satire of the right, the left and the national socialist. But this is a piece about those who are left behind in the fighting for position – the poor man driven to steal a pineapple, the poor relation who is passed from house to house, the policeman with principles, the starving people who at the very beginning of the show are busy burying Hunger itself.

At its heart are three rich characters: the thief, the policeman, and the girl called Fennimore. Around them is a bizarre gallery of opportunists, thugs and aristocrats. Somehow the three lovable characters survive a “winter’s tale” that could not be more appropriate to modern Britain – and Fennimore’s song leads the two new friends to a new life, across a frozen lake.

Conducted by Weill specialist James Holmes, and directed by ETO’s James Conway, The Silver Lake – A Winter’s Tale (Der Silbersee) promises to be a compelling, poetic night in the theatre, graced with astonishing music.

Sung in German with English narration and English surtitles

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    5th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  2. Hackney Empire
    7th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  3. Buxton Opera House
    12th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  4. Gala Theatre, Durham
    19th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  5. Theatre Royal Bath
    22nd Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    26th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  7. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    1st Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    14th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    15th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 5th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Hackney Empire — 7th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  3. Buxton Opera House — 12th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  4. Gala Theatre, Durham — 19th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

    1 Millennium Place, Town Centre, Durham, DH1 1WA

  5. Theatre Royal Bath — 22nd Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 26th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP

  7. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden — 1st Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Audley End Road, Saffron Walden , CB11 4UH

  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 14th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 15th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

James Conway

James Conway

Director

General Director of ETO, James Conway has directed 24 new productions and 4 revivals for the company, including Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais (to be revived in 2015), Maria Stuarda and Anna Bolena and Handel’s Alcina, Ariodante, Teseo, Tolomeo, Flavio, Xerxes and Agrippina. Other notable ETO productions include Eugene Onegin, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Simon Boccanegra, The Emperor of Atlantis and the world première of Alexander Goehr’s Promised End. For RCM he directed L’incoronazione di Poppea and Le nozze di Figaro, and for the Canadian Opera Company Don Giovanni. His production of The Cunning Little Vixen is in repertory at the Moravian National Theatre in Janacek’s home city of Brno. He has written original libretti for 2 operas and translations for 5 others, as well as several works of fiction; his most recent translation was last season’s Agrippina. Upcoming productions include Giulio Cesare (Lucca) and Ottone (ETO).

James Holmes

James Holmes

Conductor

James Holmes began his career with English National Opera where he was principal coach and later resident conductor. His work encompassed much of the standard operatic repertoire from Mozart to Britten. He conducted performances of Peter Grimes and The Turn of the Screw as well as several contemporary pieces, including world premières by leading British composers Gavin Bryars and Jonathan Harvey. While at ENO he began to establish himself as an exponent of musical theatre, conducting important productions of works by Kurt Weill and Stephen Sondheim, including Pacific Overtures, the recording of which earned a US ‘Grammy’ nomination.

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    5th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  2. Hackney Empire
    7th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  3. Buxton Opera House
    12th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  4. Gala Theatre, Durham
    19th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  5. Theatre Royal Bath
    22nd Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    26th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  7. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    1st Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    14th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    15th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm

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