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Tragedy is frequently the dom­inant force in opera. The FESTTAGE 2019 show that this does not always have to be the case. Two musical comedies from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are at the heart of the FESTTAGE: Richard Wag­ner’s "Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg," which despite its intellectual seriousness deals not least with human foibles, and Sergei Prokofiev’s rarely performed com­edy of love and errors "Betrothal in a Monastery," the turbulent plot of which would also fit a Mozart or Rossini opera. Daniel Barenboim directs both works as well as the concert programme: The Vienna Philharmonic will perform Mahl­er’s Symphony No. 1 as well as Prokofiev’s "Symphonie Classique," which takes up the tonal language of Haydn and Mozart and transposes it, both respectfully and irreverently, to the present. Together with the Staatskapelle Berlin, Anna Ne­trebko will present opera arias by Gi­useppe Verdi, flanked by his "Quattro pezzi sacri" with the Rundfunkchor Ber­lin. And the newly founded opera chil­dren’s orchestra will make its debut with Prokofiev’s "Peter and the Wolf."

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