My new musical comedy, Des Kaisers neue Walzer,
(The Emperor's New Waltz), premiered in Salzburg on March 4 to standing ovations. "If you don't leave the theater humming, you've lost your marbles..." wrote reviewer Stephan Burianek (Opern.News)
Deutschlandfunk (Franziska Stürz): "I found this evening very, very impressive and I also really enjoyed it." Kirsten Benekam (Traunsteiner Tagblatt) wrote: "The evening offered fire, wit, romance, extravagance and brilliant performance.... In order for the opera genre not to die out, it needs exactly this refreshing, innovative composition that gently opens up to the modern without breaking with its roots.... "Music gives meaning to the world. Without it, the world would just be noise," says Leonie (the heroine), and somehow this sentence hovers over the entire premiere evening, for which the delighted audience gave a standing ovation." Stephan Burianek (Opern.News) wrote: "A Plea for Melody... It's not often that opera-goers hum a melody from a contemporary piece during the intermission. However, that was the case in Alma Deutscher's new work "The Emperor's New Waltz"... . One is reminded of Mozart's "Nozze di Figaro", so light-footed it is and at the same time ingeniously built. If you don't leave the theater humming, you've lost your marbles..." Elisabeth Pichler (Dorf Zeitung) called it: "The Magic of Melody: The Romantic Comedy was rapturously celebrated at the world premiere".
Performances run till May (Tickets here). You can also hear me talking about the opera on BBC Radio 4 Today, on the BBC World Service, and on Youtube.
My new album of sheet music for children, Alma's Piano Songs is now out.
Alma Deutscher, born 2005, is a composer, violinist, pianist and conductor. She started playing the piano when she was two years old and the violin when she was three. At six, she composed her first piano sonata, and at nine a concerto for violin and orchestra. Conductor Zubin Mehta called her “one of the greatest musical talents today”. Sir Simon Rattle declared that “Alma is a force of nature”. Her opera, Cinderella, has been performed on three continents to sold-out houses, and was described as “a once-in-a-lifetime opera-going event that had audiences standing and cheering”. In 2019, she gave her sold-out Carnegie Hall debut, in an concert dedicated to her own compositions. Alma has featured prominently in the international media. Her YouTube channel has more than 15 million views.
Alma's piano album, From My Book of Melodies, (Sony Classical) is also available as sheet music published by G. Schirmer.
"The poetry of Franz Schubert, the melancholy of Chopin, the grace, lightness and brilliance of Mozart - all this can be found in Deutscher's piano treasures." (Saarland Radio)
Alma really is a force of nature. I don’t know that I’ve come across anyone of that age with quite such an astonishing range of gifts. (Sir Simon Rattle)
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My new album of sheet music for children, Alma's Piano Songs is now out, and available exclusively on Amazon. Details here.