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La Traviata Remixed (Video from Grachtenfestival Amsterdam)

16. August 2016 nach Moritz Eggert | 1 Kommentar

La Traviata Remixed

The young Dutch director Lotte de Beer leads the courageous opera company „Operafront“ which is based in Amsterdam. Only a couple of months ago she contacted me to collaborate on a „La Traviata“ Remix, a modernization of the well-known and probably most famous Verdi-opera.

What we did first was making an extremely short version of the piece lasting about 88 minutes. Then I decided about a new orchestration that could be done with a smaller ensemble. In the new version Violeta was supposed to be a rather superficial party girl who falls in true love for the first time, gets paid by the rich father of her love to keep away from his son and then dies of Aids. Ok, this is the same story as Verdi’s, just told with a contemporary angle, so I needed instruments like Electric Guitar, DJ-Beats and a more versatile sound than the more string ensemble based Verdi original.

Once the orchestration was ready I involved my talented student, Jacopo Salvatori (a fantastic composer by himself) to do the first draft of the orchestration, as I was still involved in two work-heavy productions and simply didn’t have enough time to do everything by myself. Then I worked intensely on a second draft, introducing more liberties like new harmonies, side voices, variations. The Gebrueder Teichmann (2 excellent Electro-DJ’s from Berlin) then were asked to provide beats for certain spots which I thought needed them.

It was a lot of fun to find hidden traits in Verdi’s music which could be transformed into Ska or Reggae rhythms for example, or to change harmonies to give an aria a completely new character.

Purists will of course have a lot of problems with this, but to them I say that we are not really talking about an endangered piece of music here. The world knows hundreds of Wagner pastiches and mash-ups, and his original operas are of course still played. But strangely enough very little has been done with Verdi’s music, not even parodies.
So I would recommend: If you want to see your nice 19th century „Traviata“ as your grandfather knew it just go to any opera house in your vicinity, chances are good that they will play it at some point.

But if you feel adventurous and like experimentation and variation (or are young and have never been to an opera house because you were scared of tenors) then go see our „Traviata Remixed“. It is currently presented in Amsterdam until this Saturday with a young ensemble conducted by the great Steven Sloane.

It will also be on in Vienna, end of next month (September).

Un brindisi!

(Moritz Eggert)


27. Mai 2016
nach Moritz Eggert
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Nach der Premiere ist vor der Premiere

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Jeder Applaus ist eine Verpflichtung, dieses Ritual weiterzutragen. Weiterlesen

Terra Nova (A Video Diary), Part 6

25. Mai 2016 nach Moritz Eggert | Keine Kommentare

Main and General Rehearsals 23/24 May 2016.
Excerpts with friendly permission by the Bruckner Orchester Linz and the soloists.

Content: Chu arrives. Interviews. Costumes and Lighting are there! Final corrections. Nervosity mounts. Electric Sheep, Electric Sheep, Baah, Baah! A scene that looks like the 3 astronauts in „Alien“. Takeshi sings from the side.

Moritz Eggert
Terra Nova oder Das weiße Leben

Opera in three acts
Libretto by Franzobel and Rainer Mennicken

In German with captions

Work commissioned by the Landestheater Linz
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21. Mai 2016
nach Moritz Eggert
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Terra Nova (A Video Diary), Part 5

The stage orchestra rehearsals are over and now is the last chance to correct things. Do alien sheep dream of electric composers? How many languages are spoken by the production team? Will the audience care? Will somebody get lost crossing the stage?
These questions are not answered by this video. But everything else will. Just trust me. Weiterlesen

20. Mai 2016
nach Moritz Eggert
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Terra Nova (A Video Diary), Part 4

Press conferences are a staple of any opera premiere. To lighten things up, Carlus opened a bottle of water and emptied it over his head, declaring that he was now an immortal alien. That certainly got the attention of the journalists, but unfortunately I wasn’t quick enough to catch it on film. Weiterlesen

19. Mai 2016
nach Moritz Eggert
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Terra Nova (A Video Diary), Part 3

The most exciting but also nerve-wracking period of any opera production are the Stage/Orchestra rehearsals, where the singers try to cope with the situation on the stage while lighting and direction are usually frustrated about the many things they still have to work on. It is also the last opportunity to make final decisions about the presentation… Weiterlesen

7. Mai 2016
nach Moritz Eggert
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Terra Nova, A Video Diary (2)

Moritz Eggert Terra Nova oder Das weiße Leben Opera in three acts Libretto by Franzobel and Rainer Mennicken In German with captions Work commissioned by the Landestheater Linz Premiere 26.05.2016 Location Großer Saal Musiktheater Duration 02 hrs. 45 min. Credits … Weiterlesen

19. April 2016
nach Moritz Eggert
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14 Arten, Erdogan zu beschreiben

Was soll man sagen, was nicht schon gesagt worden ist? Ist Erdogan der neue Hitler? Ist Böhmermann ein Perverser? Haben Politiker Sex mit Tieren? Ist Angela Merkel die neue Hella von Sinnen? Sind diese Fragen rhetorisch gemeint? Does anybody care? Ist das alles Ironie? Weiterlesen


11. April 2016
nach Alexander Strauch
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Neue Musik für Kinder – ein Konzertbericht von Alexander Mathewson

Mein junger Kollege Alexander Mathewson war für den Badblog in einem Konzert der Gruppe „Musik zum Anfassen“. Man kann diesen Besuch als doppelte Versuchsanordnung bezeichnen: erarbeitet das Musikerkollektiv gewöhnlich mit Kindern seine Programme, die Kinder wiederum im Kollektiv zu Musikern … Weiterlesen


11. März 2016
nach Alexander Strauch
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