Picture credits: Tiroler Landestheater/Rupert Larl

Culture

From the current dance show "Strawinsky. 3D" at the Tiroler Landestheater: FIREBIRD Albert Nikolli (The good man) + ensemble in a production by Pierre Wyss.

No mountains. Tirol all the same.

Whether enjoying a jazz concert, rocking at a festival, laughing during a satirical show or experiencing deep emotions when watching a dramatic opera – this has nothing to do with Alpine terrain and yet it is all a part of Tirol.

The claim "Keine Berge trotzdem Tirol" ("No mountains, Tirol all the same") is being expressed in a similar campaign by Tirol Werbung, which compiles all aspects of cultural life in Tirol on its own website. The main magnets in the midst of all these offers are and shall remain the Tiroler Landestheater (Tirolean State Theatre) and the Tirol Symphony Orchestra Innsbruck – where grand operas, theatre productions, symphony concerts and dance performances are at home – as well as numerous festivals and concerts throughout the state.

More than 400 people are employed at the Tiroler Landestheater where roughly 450 shows are performed per season. The theatre is currently under the artistic direction of Johannes Reitmeier, the Symphony Orchestra is headed by the principal conductor Francesco Angelico who is planning on performing all of Beethoven's symphonies in the next three seasons. The Tiroler Landestheater enjoyed great successes, e.g. with the performance of the opera "Mara" by the Tirolean composer Josef Netzer, the ballet production "Frida Kahlo" under the direction of Enrique Gasa Valga, the manager of the dance theatre, which was awarded the first Austrian Music Theatre Award, the Golden Schikaneder, as well as the production that received the Stella-Award in 2013, "Krieg". Stell dir vor, er wäre hier" ("War. Imagine it were here") with Sergej Gößner. There was a standing ovation also after last year's premiere of the dance piece "Dante.Inferno" by Gasa Valga, presented as a journey of pop culture through a piece of world literature.

Music festivals include the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, which has been reviving renaissance and baroque music every year since 1976, the Ambras Castle Concerts, the Klangspuren Schwaz Festival, the Tirol Easter Festival, the Innsbruck Dance Summer Festival and the Innsbruck Promenade Concerts staged in the inner courtyard of the Imperial Palace in Innsbruck, the LegeArtis Lech Festival, the New Orleans Festival or Swarovski's "Music in the Giant" Festival. And naturally also the Tirol Festival Erl in summer and – since the winter festival hall was opened in 2012 – in winter, too. The latter is under the artistic direction of Gustav Kuhn, the Austrian conductor and director and the founder of the Festival Erl.  He enthrals with great musical dramas by Richard Wagner, operas by Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven and Rossini or Beethoven's symphonies in the small municipality, which became renowned as the venue of the Passion plays and can be reached from Munich within 50 minutes by car, . The highlight of the Festival Erl in winter is always the series of concerts at the turn of the year – from 2015 to 2016 the programme includes the revival of Verdi's "Nabucco" with it's Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves interpreted by the Chorus Academy of the Tirol Festival Erl.

The new winter festival hall for the Festival Erl, designed by the Viennese architect's office Delugan Meissl Architekten, harmonises perfectly with the meadows and surrounding mountains. At the Rettenbach glacier in the Öztal Alps, 170 km away, it's the mountain itself that becomes the stage of a large open-air theatre. The play Hannibal, performed live with more than 500 participants at more than 3,000 metres above sea level, tells the story of Hannibal, the Carthaginian field commander who crossed the Alps in 218 BC. It has been performed in a contemporary manner every year since its premiere in 2001.

The people in Tirol live and love the interaction between regional patriotism and open-mindedness. Especially and exactly when it's about such an important subject for the people in Tirol such as music: 300 brass bands whose tradition is unique worldwide, internationally successful jazz musicians, e.g. the trumpet player Franz Hackl, the ensemble Windkraft – Kapelle für Neue Musik, the Tirolean Chamber Orchestra InnStrumenti, the Tirolean Baroque Days or Paul Schweinester, a tenor from Tirol on the verge of an international career: they are all a part of Tirolean culture. And music culture in Tirol will be moving into a new home by 2018. The new building for the House of Music in Innsbruck will be completed by then. And it will bring all of the important music institutions in the state capital under one roof – that's the University Mozarteum, the Tirolean State Conservatory, the Kammerspiele studio theatre and the Department of Music at the University of Innsbruck – as well as provide rooms for events, rehearsals, lessons and libraries for the Tirol Symphony Orchestra Innsbruck, the Kammerspiele, the Festival of Early Music and the local music societies.

The new music centre with more than 13,000 m² floor space will have the perfect location, right next to the Tiroler Landestheater. With an impressive view of the Nordkette mountain chain. Even when Tirolan culture doesn't always involve the mountains – they certainly inspire it.

 

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