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A new reduced scoring of Richard Strauss's Salome will take the stage in Vienna in January 2020. Eberhard Kloke's rescoring for 59 players allows the classic opera to be performed for the first time in theatres with smaller orchestral pits.

The Theater an der Wien plays host to a new reduced scoring of Richard Strauss's Salome in January 2020. The rescoring by Eberhard Kloke, authorised by the composer's estate, reduces the expansive forces in the original to 59 players, with double woodwind and standard brass and string forces. This allows the opera to be programmed by opera companies whose theatres have limited space in the orchestral pit. The Kloke reduced scoring is available to other opera companies planning future performances in smaller theatres.

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Eberhard Kloke (b.1948) is a conductor, composer, transcriber and arranger most renowned for his new versions of classic works from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He has created performing arrangements of music by Wagner, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Mahler, Strauss, Schoenberg, Bartók and Weill. His reduced scorings of works by Berg include Wozzeck, Der Wein and Lulu which he has reset for soloists and chamber orchestra with a new version of the incomplete Act III. He has created new versions of Janacek's Jenufa and Katja Kabanova and of Strauss's Salome and Elektra.

In addition to the reduced scorings for Salome and Elektra by Eberhard Kloke, a further reduced scoring is now available for Der Rosenkavalier by Thomas Dorsch. For full information please contact [email protected].

The production of Salome at the Theater an der Wien adopting the new Kloke reduced scoring, opening on 20 January 2020, is conducted by Leo Hussain and directed by Nikolaus Habjan. The cast includes Marlis Petersen in the title role with Johan Reuter as Jochanaan, John Daszak as Herod and Michaela Schuster as Herodias. Six performances run through until the end of January.

January 2020 also brings the publication of Salome as the next release in the Richard Strauss Critical Edition, both as a full score and in matching performance materials in the original full version. The Richard Strauss Critical Edition is the first scholarly critical edition of Richard Strauss’s complete musical oeuvre. It incorporates different versions and fragments alongside a documentation of the sources, the genesis of individual works, and performance variations authorised by the composer.

The edition consists of printed musical volumes with integrated critical reports and is augmented by an online platform featuring text comparisons and annotated collections of documents. Performance materials, based on the edition, are also available. Releases in the Critical Editon to date include the tone poems Macbeth and Don Juan and two collections of Lieder with piano accompaniment. Following Salome in its German version, planned releases include Salome in its French version, Elektra and a volume of Chamber Music with Strings.

The Richard Strauss Critical Edition, which will be published over the next 25 years, is issued under the direction of Hartmut Schick by the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Munich in cooperation with the Richard Strauss Institute in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Work on the edition will be undertaken by the Richard Strauss Edition Research Center at the LudwigMaximilians-Universität in Munich and is supported by the Federal Republic of Germany’s Academy Program and by the Free State of Bavaria.

> Visit the Richard Strauss Critical Edition website

Vienna is at the centre of celebrations this year for the centenary of Strauss's epic and magical collaboration with Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Die Frau ohne Schatten. A new production by Vincent Huguet, conducted by Christian Thielemann, opens at the Vienna State Opera on 25 May, with Wolfgang Koch and Nina Stemme as Barak and his wife, and Camilla Nylund and Stephen Gould as the Empress and Emperor, with Evelyn Herlitzius as the Nurse.

As well as 2019 being the centenary year of Die Frau ohne Schatten it is also the 150th year of the Staatsoper itself and the first night on 25 May celebrates this anniversary with a live broadcast of Strauss's opera on Austrian Radio, via the EBU, and streamed on the company's 'Live' website. The actual centenary day of the opera's premiere at the Staatsoper falls on 10 October and the new production has a further run of performances starting that night as part of a Strauss cycle at the theatre.

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