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Opera companies and houses of western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand : a comprehensive illustrated reference
Lynn, Karyl Charna, 1943-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [1999]

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xx, 480 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
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A comprehensive reference on opera companies and houses in Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, containing over 300, from the well-known to the smaller ones. Each entry includes a history of the opera house or company, the works (title and composer) and type of productions offered, company staff, world and country premiers, repertory, and practical information on the theatre's address, nearby hotel accommodations and how to order tickets. Most entries conclude with a bibliography.

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Booklist Review

This is the author's fourth book on opera houses and companies and could be considered a companion volume to Opera Companies and Houses of the United States [RBB Ag 95]. The 300 entries are arranged by country and then by city, with all major companies and houses included. The author notes that some small companies, particularly in France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom, have abbreviated entries since additional information was unavailable. Each of the detailed entries starts with at least a page or two of information about the history of the company, including significant performances and performers in different eras. Anecdotes make some of the history come alive. Following the description of the company, there are two or three paragraphs on the architecture of the theatre, even including color schemes. Practical information, address, phone number, and a suggested hotel (usual first class or superior) are also included. The entry ends with a listing of company staff, repertory, a short bibliography, and for some companies, a list of premieres. There are many black-and-white photographs, but some of them are very light and don't do justice to beautiful buildings. The information on the different companies and houses is uneven. The description of the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris mentions it was reopened in 1999, but the information on Teatro del Giglio in Lucca ends with its reopening in 1985. The author doesn't say that the Opera National de Paris now performs at both the Bastille and the Palais Garnier. There is a rather comprehensive repertory for the Teatro Comunale in Modena from 1656 to 1988 but nothing from 1988 to the present; and no repertory is listed for a number of major companies. Zietz has improved this volume over the U.S. counterpart with bibliographies at the end of each entry in addition to a more general bibliography at the end of the book, but the indexing still does not include all names. Information for some of the European houses is very similar to that found in the more travel-oriented Opera! The Guide to Western Europe's Great Houses (Norton, 1991), also written by Zietz. Opera Companies of the World edited by Robert Cowden (Greenwood, 1992) covers only 139 major companies. For the countries covered, Zietz's volume is far more comprehensive and is recommended for music collections.

Choice Review

After completing Opera Companies and Houses of the United States (CH, Jun'95), Zietz spent three years visiting opera companies abroad. The result is this guide, which claims to include "every professional company and opera house in Western Europe ... Canada, Australia and New Zealand." Organized by country, entries range in length from a paragraph to more than ten pages and may include for each a history of the company and the house, premieres, on-site interviews, staff roster, repertory, a photo of the house, a bibliography, interesting tidbits ("the famous Finnish bass Martti Talvela was slated to become the director, but he died suddenly of a heart attack"), and for travelers, "Practical Information" with addresses and phone and fax numbers, and often, a hotel recommendation where one can get help with tickets. Since it is more current and differs in scope from F.M. Stockdale and M.R. Dreyer's worthy International Opera Guide (1990) and Opera Companies of the World, ed. by Robert H. Cowden (CH, Nov'92), Zietz's guide is recommended as a reference and research source for opera buffs through professionals. J. L. Patterson; University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
List of Photographsp. xvii
Forewordp. 1
Prefacep. 3
State Opera of South Australia (Adelaide)p. 7
Adelaide Festival of the Arts (Adelaide)p. 7
Opera Queensland (Brisbane)p. 10
IHOS Experimental Music Theatre Troupe (Hobart, Tasmania)p. 11
Victoria State Opera (Melbourne)p. 12
West Australian Opera (Perth)p. 14
The Australian Opera (Sydney)p. 18
Sydney Metropolitan Opera (Sydney)p. 21
Other Australian Companiesp. 22
Bregenz Festspiele (Bregenz)p. 22
Vereinigte Buhnen (Graz)p. 24
Tiroler Landestheater (Innsbruck)p. 25
Stadttheater (Klagenfurt)p. 27
Landestheater (Linz)p. 27
Salzburger Festspiele (Salzburg)p. 28
Salzburger Landestheater (Salzburg)p. 31
Salzburger Marionettentheater (Salzburg)p. 33
Wiener Festwochen (Vienna)p. 34
Theater an der Wien (Vienna)p. 34
Wiener Kammeroper (Vienna)p. 36
Staatsoper Wien (Vienna)p. 37
Volksoper Wien (Vienna)p. 40
Other Austrian Companiesp. 43
De Vlaamse Opera (Antwerp/Gent)p. 43
Opera National/Theatre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels)p. 48
Opera Royal de Wallonie (Liege)p. 51
The Banff Centre Theatre Arts (Banff)p. 54
Edmonton Opera (Edmonton)p. 54
Opera Ontario (Hamilton)p. 55
L'Opera de Montreal (Montreal)p. 57
Opera Lyra Ottawa (Ottawa)p. 58
National Arts Centre (Ottawa)p. 60
Opera de Quebec (Quebec)p. 61
Opera Atelier (Toronto)p. 63
Canadian Opera Company (Toronto)p. 63
Toronto Operetta Theatre and Opera in Concert (Toronto)p. 66
Opera Breve (Vancouver)p. 67
Vancouver Opera (Vancouver)p. 68
Other Canadian Companiesp. 68
Den Jyske Opera/Danish National Opera (Arhus)p. 69
Arhus Sommer Opera (Arhus)p. 70
Den Anden Opera (Copenhagen)p. 71
Royal Danish Opera (Copenhagen)p. 72
Aldeburgh Festival (Aldeburgh)p. 75
Buxton International Arts Festival (Buxton)p. 75
Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Lewes)p. 76
Opera North (Leeds)p. 78
English National Opera (London)p. 80
The Royal Opera (London)p. 85
Opera Factory (London)p. 89
Pavilion Opera (Thorpe Tilney)p. 89
Other English Companiesp. 90
Suomen Kansallisooppera (Finnish National Opera) (Helsinki)p. 91
Savonlinnan Oopperajuhlat (Savonlinna Opera Festival) (Savonlinna)p. 94
Tampereen Ooppera (Tampere)p. 95
Vaasan Ooppera (Vaasa)p. 97
Suomen Oopperaliiton (Finnish Opera League)p. 100
Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (Aix-en-Provence)p. 101
Grand Theatre de Bordeaux (Bordeaux)p. 102
Opera de Lyon (Lyon)p. 103
Opera de Marseille (Marseille)p. 107
Opera de Montpellier (Montpellier)p. 110
Festival de Radio France and Montpellier (Montpellier)p. 113
Opera de Nancy et de Lorraine (Nancy)p. 115
Opera de Nantes et des Pays de Loire (Nantes)p. 115
Opera de Nice (Nice)p. 117
Choregies d'Orange (Orange)p. 119
Opera National de Paris Bastille (Paris)p. 122
Opera National de Paris Palais Garnier (Paris)p. 124
Opera Comique (Paris)p. 128
Theatre des Champs-Elysees (Paris)p. 131
Theatre du Chatelet (Paris)p. 133
Grand Theatre de Reims (Reims)p. 134
Opera de Normandie (Rouen)p. 135
Festival des Musiques d'Aujourd'hui (Strasbourg)p. 137
Opera du Rhin (Strasbourg/Mulhouse/Colmar)p. 138
Theatre du Capitole (Toulouse)p. 142
Grand Theatre de Tours (Tours)p. 145
Other French Companiesp. 148
Stadttheater (Aachen)p. 149
Stadtische Buhnen (Augsburg)p. 150
Bayreuther Festspiele (Bayreuth)p. 151
Deutsche Oper Berlin (Berlin)p. 153
Berliner Kammeroper (Berlin)p. 157
Komische Oper (Berlin)p. 157
Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Berlin)p. 159
Buhnen der Stadt (Bielefeld)p. 164
Oper der Bundesstadt Bonn (Bonn)p. 165
Stadttheater (Braunschweig)p. 166
Bremer Theater (Bremen)p. 167
Stadttheater (Bremerhaven)p. 170
Landestheater Coburg (Coburg)p. 170
Oper der Stadt Koln (Cologne)p. 171
Stadttheater (Darmstadt)p. 174
Landestheater (Detmold)p. 174
Theater Dortmund (Dortmund)p. 175
Sachsische Staatsoper Dresden (Dresden)p. 177
Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Dusseldorf/Duisburg)p. 183
Aalto-Theater (Essen)p. 187
Stadttheater (Flensburg)p. 189
Oper Frankfurt/Alte Oper (Frankfurt)p. 189
Stadtische Buhnen (Freiburg)p. 192
Musiktheater in Revier (Gelsenkirchen)p. 193
Buhnen der Stadt Gera (Gera)p. 193
Stadttheater Giessen (Giessen)p. 194
Theater Hagen (Hagen)p. 194
Hamburgische Staatsoper (Hamburg)p. 195
Niedersachsische Staatstheater (Hannover)p. 198
Stadtische Buhnen Theater der Stadt (Heidelberg)p. 201
Stadttheater (Hildesheim)p. 201
Stadtebundtheater (Hof)p. 202
Pfalztheater (Kaiserslautern)p. 202
Badisches Staatstheater (Karlsruhe)p. 203
Stadttheater (Kassel)p. 204
Buhnen der Landeshauptstadt Kiel (Kiel)p. 204
Stadttheater (Koblenz)p. 205
Vereinigte Stadtische Buhnen (Krefeld/Monchengladbach)p. 206
Oper Leipzig (Leipzig)p. 207
Buhnen der Hansestadt (Lubeck)p. 209
Stadttheater (Luneburg)p. 210
Theater der Landeshauptstadt (Magdeburg)p. 210
Staatstheater (Mainz)p. 211
Nationaltheater (Mannheim)p. 211
Das Meininger Theater (Meiningen)p. 212
Staatstheater am Gartnerplatz (Munich)p. 213
Bayerische Staatsoper-Cuvilliestheater (Munich)p. 214
Prinzregenten-Theater (Munich)p. 219
Stadtische Buhnen (Munster)p. 220
Stadtische Buhnen (Nurnberg)p. 221
Pocket Opera Company (Nurnberg)p. 223
Oldenburgisches Staatstheater (Oldenburg)p. 223
Stadtische Buhnen (Osnabruck)p. 224
Sudostbayerisches Stadtetheater (Passau/Landshut)p. 224
Stadttheater Pforzheim (Pforzheim)p. 225
Stadtische Buhnen (Regensburg)p. 225
Saarlandisches Staatstheater (Saarbrucken)p. 226
Wurttembergisches Staatstheater (Stuttgart)p. 227
Theater der Stadt (Trier)p. 229
Ulmer Theater (Ulm)p. 230
Deutsches Nationaltheater (Weimar)p. 230
Hessisches Staatstheater (Wiesbaden)p. 232
Stadttheater (Wurzburg)p. 235
Wuppertaler Buhnen (Wuppertal)p. 237
Other German Companiesp. 237
Islenska Operan (Reykjavik)p. 239
Opera Ireland (Dublin)p. 241
Wexford Festival (Wexford)p. 242
Other Irish Companiesp. 243
Teatro Ventidio Basso (Ascoli Piceno)p. 243
Teatro Petruzzelli (Bari)p. 244
Musica nel Chiostro (Batignano)p. 245
Teatro Donizetti (Bergamo)p. 247
Teatro Comunale (Bologna)p. 251
Teatro Grande (Brescia)p. 259
Teatro Comunale (Cagliari)p. 263
Teatro Massimo Bellini (Catania)p. 264
Teatro Sociale (Como)p. 266
Teatro Alfonso Rendano (Cosenza)p. 268
Teatro Comunale Amilcare Ponchielli (Cremona)p. 269
Teatro Comunale (Ferrara)p. 271
Teatro Magnani (Fidenza)p. 273
Teatro Comunale (Florence)p. 273
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence)p. 273
Teatro della Pergola (Florence)p. 273
Teatro Carlo Felice (Genoa)p. 278
Teatro Comunale G.B. Pergolesi (Jesi)p. 282
Teatro Politeama Greco (Lecce)p. 285
Comitato Estate Livornese (Livorno)p. 285
Teatro del Giglio (Lucca)p. 287
Teatro Rossini (Lugo)p. 288
Macerata Opera (Macerata)p. 289
Teatro Lauro Rossi (Macerata)p. 291
Teatro Sociale (Mantua)p. 292
Festival della Valle d'Itria (Martina Franca)p. 293
Teatro Vittorio Emanuele (Messina)p. 294
Teatro alla Scala (Milan)p. 296
Teatro Comunale (Modena)p. 302
Teatro di San Carlo (Naples)p. 312
Teatro Coccia (Novara)p. 318
Teatro Comunale "Giuseppe Verdi" (Padua)p. 323
Teatro Massimo (Palermo)p. 325
Politeama Garibaldi (Palermo)p. 325
Teatro Regio (Parma)p. 331
Rossini Festival (Pesaro)p. 337
Teatro Rossini (Pesaro)p. 337
Teatro Municipale (Piacenza)p. 341
Teatro Verdi (Pisa)p. 344
Teatro Comunale "Dante Alighieri" (Ravenna)p. 347
Ravenna Festival (Ravenna)p. 347
Teatro Municipale Valli (Reggio Emilia)p. 350
Teatro dell'Opera (Rome)p. 356
Terme di Caracalla (Rome)p. 358
Teatro Sociale (Rovigo)p. 360
Festival Internazionale di San Gimignano (San Gimignano)p. 361
Ente Concerti "Marialisa de Carolis" (Sassari)p. 363
Teatro Comunale Chiabrera (Savona)p. 363
Festival dei Due Mondi (Spoleto)p. 364
Puccini Festival (Torre del Lago)p. 368
Teatro Comunale (Treviso)p. 370
Teatro Verdi (Trieste)p. 372
Teatro Regio (Turin)p. 376
Teatro La Fenice (Venice)p. 379
Arena di Verona (Verona)p. 383
Teatro Filarmonico (Verona)p. 383
Teatro Olimpio (Vicenza)p. 388
Theatre Municipal (Luxembourg)p. 389
Opera de Monte-Carlo (Monte-Carlo)p. 391
The Netherlands
De Nederlandse Opera (Amsterdam)p. 394
De National Reisopera (Enschede)p. 398
Opera Zuid (Maastricht)p. 399
Other Dutch Companiesp. 401
New Zealand
Opera New Zealand (Auckland)p. 401
Opera Otago, Dunedin Opera Company (Dunedin)p. 401
Wellington City Opera (Wellington)p. 402
Other New Zealand Companiesp. 402
Northern Ireland
Opera Northern Ireland (Belfast)p. 403
Castleward Opera (Strangford Lough)p. 403
Den Norske Opera (Oslo)p. 404
Other Norwegian Companiesp. 406
Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos (Lisbon)p. 407
Casa de Mateus (Vila Real)p. 410
Other Portugese Companiesp. 410
Edinburgh Festival Theater (Edinburgh)p. 411
Scottish Opera (Glasgow)p. 413
Scottish Early Music Consort (Glasgow)p. 416
Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona)p. 416
Teatro Arriaga de Bilbao (Bilboa)p. 419
Teatro Real (Madrid)p. 420
Teatro de la Zarzuela (Madrid)p. 421
Festival Internacional de Santander (Santander)p. 423
Teatro de la Maestranza (Seville)p. 423
Other Spanish Companiesp. 424
Goteborgs Operan (Goteborg)p. 424
Musikteatern i Varmland (Karlstad)p. 426
Malmo Musikteater Malmo (Malmo)p. 427
Drottningholms Slottsteater (Stockholm)p. 429
Folkoperan (Stockholm)p. 431
Operan--Kungliga Teatern (Stockholm)p. 432
Norrlands Operan (Umea)p. 435
Vasdstena-Akademien (Vadstena)p. 436
Other Swedish Companiesp. 436
Stadttheater (Basel)p. 437
Stadttheater (Bern)p. 437
Grand Theatre de Geneve (Geneva)p. 438
Luzernertheater (Luzern)p. 442
Stadttheater (St. Gallen)p. 443
Opernhaus Zurich (Zurich)p. 444
Other Swiss Companiesp. 446
Welsh National Opera (Cardiff)p. 446
Neath Opera Group (Swansea Valley)p. 450
Other Welsh Companiesp. 451
Book Recommendationsp. 453
Bibliographyp. 455
Indexp. 459