A showcase for oö. Culture

In front of the magnificent backdrop of the Traunsee, the opera stars Regina Mühlemann and Rolando Villazon will perform with the Bruckner Orchestra under Markus Poschner in Gmundner Toscanapark on July 4th and all of Austria can enjoy the special concert with works by Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner, Karl Goldmark and Franz Lehár on the screen: ORF III will broadcast the listening and viewing pleasure from 8.15 p.m.

Villazon from Traunsee, Nestroy from Linz

The event is part of a cooperation that OÖ Theater und Orchester GmbH (TOG) entered into with ORF as part of its project “We play for Austria”. In the years 2021 to 2023, two cultural productions from Upper Austria will be shown on ORF III. The second highlight (April 30, 10:35 p.m., ORF III) is the premiere of Nestroy’s “The Evil Spirit Lumpazivagabundus” (director: Georg Schmiedleitner).

In the production, which was rehearsed last November but could not be brought to the stage in view of the Corona situation, the Landestheater actress Theresa Palfi, who was nominated last year by Nestroy, takes the lead role.

She was enthusiastic on Thursday at the presentation of the collaboration in the Linz Music Theater: “We have been rehearsing in the quiet for five months, there is a lack of audience and response. I am very happy about this new experience and the awareness that it will be seen in the end. “

“It was important to us to make an offer for the audience that is usually present on site,” explained Governor Thomas Stelzer. The cooperation with the ORF is a “big step”. It is the claim of the cultural state of Upper Austria to work beyond the borders of the state. ORF General Director Alexander Wrabetz sees ORF as a “mediator of regional cultural content”, which is now also reflected in this multi-year contract.

The initiative “We play for Austria”, launched by the public broadcaster in 2020, initially concentrated on concerts and opera and is now expanding with the spoken theater experience. A total of 12 plays from all over Austria are planned.

The Linz State Theater is among the top 10 German-speaking theaters in terms of the number of visitors and ticket sales, emphasized TOG Managing Director Thomas Königstorfer. However, the reality is that the Burgtheater, State Opera and United Theaters Vienna before the Upper Austria. Ranking venues, which “may mean that what we offer is not quite so in the spotlight from time to time”. The current collaboration with ORF is a “wonderful development”: “Here, Austrian culture has found a showcase that we can enter.” The three-year term enables targeted planning. “The fact that this perception of the Linz State Theater can now also be accompanied and expanded through media shows the quality and program of both institutions. A classic ‘win / win situation’ ”, says a delighted Landestheater director Hermann Schneider.

“Personal highlight this year”

For Bruckner Orchestra chief conductor Markus Poschner, the timing could not be more favorable in view of the numerous awards for theater and orchestra in the recent past. And: “The meeting of the Bruckner Orchestra with Villazon and Mühlemann is a very personal highlight for me this year.”