30 March 1907

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. What better way to end the Königliche Kapelle’s season? Felix Weingartner intended to leave last year, and there are rumors it will really happen this time. (He does, replacing Mahler at the Vienna Hofoper.) Weingartner’s first year with this ensemble was back in 1891. He is a

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29 March 1907: Good Friday

The theaters are closed, but music is being made all over the city. At the Singakademie, the St. Matthew Passion is being performed for the 80th time in this venue. Georg Schumann conducts, with Johannes Messchaert, who is famous for singing the role of Jesus. The two other choral works

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28 March 1907

My list of opera and operetta offerings has been incomplete thus far! This is because the Tageblatt has not been including the Komische Oper or the Lortzing Theater. For tonight, the Komische is doing Hoffmann’s Erzählungen, and Der Troubadour at the Lortzing can be added to Die Lustige Witwe at

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27 March 1907

The 25th anniversary of the Loewe-Verein is being observed with a concert put on by bass-baritone Hermann Gura (1870-1944), the son of the Wagnerian singer Eugen Gura, who was part of the original 1876 Bayreuth festival and became a legendary Hans Sachs. Hermann Gura is a known “Loewe apostle.” (Die

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26 March 1907

Today is Tuesday. Mendelssohn’s Paulus at the cavernous Zoo Ausstellungshalle is a fund raiser for the widows and orphans from the shipwreck of the Berlin steamer last month. 300 musicians will be taking part, with the main solos sung by Emilie Herzog and Alexander Heinemann. Holy Week concerts begin with

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25 March 1907

The annual Philharmonic’s benefit concert for the musicians’ pension fund is tonight (a worthy cause!). Lilli Lehmann is singing Mozart and Wagner, and there is a new tone poem by Wladimir Metzl. “Die versunkene Glocke” is based on the play by Gerhart Hauptmann. Besides this last concert of the Philharmonics’s

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24 March 1907

Even though it is Palm Sunday,  the big stores are open, for the most part (Wertheim is one exception; they are never open on Sundays.) There are lots of sales advertised in the papers for marzipan Easter eggs, tennis rackets, etc. The Mozartsaal-Orchestra is trying to survive, but putting a

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