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Ken Russell opera and theatre

 


Opera and theatre

"Opera is just like the musicals, only the music is better, and if they're produced properly, they're much more exciting.  I've always tried to make opera a human story so that people feel emotionally involved.  It mustn't be unbelievable because people need to relate to the characters."  Ken Russell, 1987.

Ken Russell Faust
 

The operas (click titles for pages)

1982 The Rake's Progress (Stravinsky)
1983 Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
1984 The Italian Girl in Algiers (Rossini)
1984 La Boheme (Puccini)
1985 Die Soldaten (Zimmerman)
1985 Faust (Gounod)
1989 Mefistofoles (Boite)
1992 Princess Ida (Gilbert and Sullivan)
1993 Salome (Richard Strauss)

The plays (click titles for pages)

2000 Weill and Lenya (Paris and Russell)
2008 Mindgame (Anthony Horowitz)

Two operas that never made it.  Wagner´s Tannhăuser was planned for Geneva in 1985: "I see it as a psychological-schizophrenic trip in Wagner´s mind".  Tchaikovsky´s Eugene Onegin- Ken was invited by Lorin Maazel to direct the opera on the stage for the Vienna State Opera in 1985: "Maazel saw my Music Lovers and thought I´d be very good doing a Tchaikovsky opera".
 

 

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