Peter Konwitschny, one of the foremost German opera directors, has been sounding off to the locals.
Asked why he directed so infrequently in Vienna (his new staging of Verdi’s “Attila” opens at the Theater an der Wien on Sunday), he replied:
“I take a very definite stance towards my profession. And the higher the wages, the more expensive the ticket prices, the less compatible it becomes. What I do is make living theatre. That means, on the one hand, that it has to have something to do with living people. On the other, the singers have to play figures and mustn’t just produce notes. I don’t fit in where dead theatre is on the programme. The reason why I so rarely work in Vienna is in part due to the closed society of a dead opera society.”