Premiere performances of Clara celebrate the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann's birth
The Berlin Philharmonic Easter Festival in April 2019 will feature the world premiere of Victoria Bond's opera Clara. Composed by Ms. Bond during her residencies at the Brahms House in Baden-Baden, Clara weaves the intertwining lives of Clara Wieck, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms into a dramatic mixture of music and passion.
Ms. Bond is the first American woman to be featured in the 50+ year history of the Berlin Philharmonic Easter Festival. "Clara Schumann was a 19th century “Wonder Woman” who shattered the glass ceiling of her day. She has long been an inspiration to me," said Bond. "I am thrilled that Clara will be premiered in Baden-Baden, a place that figured so prominently in her life."
The fully staged production with orchestra is produced by the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and conducted by Berlin Philharmonic member Michael Hasel.
The performances are on April 14, 17, and 21, 2019 at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the year of Clara Schumann's birth. An additional eight performances of the work scored for chamber ensemble will be performed in May and June 2019 at the Festspielhaus.