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Weinberg's “Lady Magnesia” Given Scenic World Premiere in Erfurt

Mieczyslaw Weinberg's one-act opera “Lady Magnesia,” based on Bernard Shaw's play “Passion, Poison and Petrification,” was given its world premiere in 2009 at the First International Weinberg Festival in Liverpool.

This work, composed in 1975, will now be given its scenic world premiere and German premiere in a german adaption by Hans-Ulrich Duffek at the Erfurt Theatre on 2 February 2012. Samuel Bächli will serve as music director.

The odd story of the opera “Lady Magnesia” is based on a comedy by Bernard Shaw. The jealous Sir George Fitztollemache decides to murder his wife, whose heart seems to belong to the lackey Adolphus Bastable. A nocturnal meeting between the couple changes the situation, however. Adolphus becomes the victim of a poison attack of the man of the house. By taking an ostensible antidote consisting of plaster, the house friend is finally petrified in death into a statue of himself. Sir and Lady Fitztollemache set Adolphus’s statue upright; it spreads out its arms over the Fitztollemaches in a more or less blessing gesture.

2 February 2012
Theater Erfurt, Studio, 8 PM
Scenic world premiere / german premiere: Mieczyslaw Weinberg
LADY MAGNESIA. Opera in one act after Bernard Shaw
Musical direction: Samuel Bächli
Follow-up performances: 1/6/20 March, 18 April and 15 May 2012


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