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06. Dec

New release - From 14 June as DVD in stores

Das Wunder der Heliane (Heliane’s Miracle)

Conductor: Marc Albrecht; Director: Christof Loy – With Sara Jakubiak, Josef Wagner, Brian Jagde, Okka von der Damerau, Derek Welton, Burkhard Ulrich, Gideon Poppe; Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Already now you can purchase this DVD at the L&P Opera Shop during a performance break or pre-order it on amazon.
The DVD at Amazon

The new production last year of “Heliane’s Miracle”, Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s neglected masterpiece, was not only a hit with Berliners and an international clientele of operagoers. In a poll of critics in “Opernwelt” the production was voted “Revival of the Year”, with “Heliane” or its singers being backed by critics in no less than eight other categories.

The first-ever audio-visual recording of this opera
 

The first-ever audio-visual recording of this opera – directed by Christof Loy, conducted by Marc Albrecht and with Sara Jakubiak, Brian Jagde and Josef Wagner in the leading roles – is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. The release is one of the early projects in an ongoing collaboration between the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Naxos DVD and follows the disc recording in April of “The Dwarf”, Alexander von Zemlinsky’s opera, performances of which are equally rare. “The Dwarf” was directed by Tobias Kratzer and conducted by Donald Runnicles. Further recordings are planned.

 

Erich Wolfgang Korngold spoke of this work as his “masterpiece”. HELIANE’S MIRACLE bears all the hallmarks of Korngold’s musical theatre - and goes one step further in scale, with a huge score and orchestra, intoxicating pathos and exquisitely expressive harmonies that play with polytonality - resulting in a gripping and sensuous drama. The world premiere in Hamburg in 1927 was a triumph, with more than a dozen houses booking the latest work by Korngold, at the time the second most performed composer of opera after Richard Strauss. In 1928 the work was presented at the Städtische Oper Berlin, with Bruno Walter directing, but here, as at other venues, the reception was cool, due in part to intrigues, in part to the charge that his Late Romantic score was behind the times. With the Jewish Korngold prevented by the Nazis from presenting his works to the public, HELIANE’S MIRACLE vanished from the repertoire, never to return. This is a timeless fairy tale portraying a cold ruler incapable of loving anyone, his wife Heliane, devoted to a Dionysian stranger, and a people waiting for a redemptory miracle to occur.