Capitol Opera Albany presents
June 25 – 27, 8pm
June 28, 2pm
Ludwig van Beethoven and Jay Stephenson, composers and librettists
This year we join the entire world in celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. KAMMEROPER 1804 (Beethoven’s Other Opera) is a light-hearted drama centered on the ill-fated final music rehearsal of Vestal Flame; a convoluted, over-the-top opera set in ancient Rome. It’s a family-friendly show full of music, dance, and drama.
Ludwig van Beethoven is embroiled in an artistic dispute with the older, more established librettist/impressario Emanuel Schikaneder who hopes to regain some of his former glory when he worked with Mozart on The Magic Flute. Vestal Flame (Vestas Feuer) is a ten-minute rarely heard opera that has been relegated to the rubbish bin of music history. KAMMEROPER 1804 also comprises some of Beethoven songs transcribe for electric guitar, bass, and drums.
The story is played out over the course of a winter morning at the final staged piano-dress rehearsal in Vienna’s Theatre an der Wien. KAMMEROPER 1804 takes place twelve years after the death of Mozart. It is set early in the first Industrial Revolution during the volatile Napoleonic Wars.
An historical musical fantasy that questions some of our established assumptions surrounding Beethoven’s Immortal Beloved, the true librettist of The Magic Flute, and the strange circumstances surrounding Mozart’s demise. It also imagines the first acrimonious meeting between Beethoven and his future sister-in-law Johanna.
Bill Kaufman, director