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»Die Soldaten« at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York

This spectacular production of Bernd Alois Zimmermann's opera Die Soldaten (The Soldiers) is appearing at the Lincoln Center Festival from 5 to 12 July. This is the North American premiere of the RuhrTriennale production and is the highlight of this year's festival in Manhattan. The performance, so highly-acclaimed by both public and press, will be presented by the Bochum Symphoniker under the baton of Steven Sloane and with a virtually-unchanged cast.

Originally seen in 2006 and 2007 at the Bochumer Jahrhunderthalle, the opera will have five performances at the Armory Hall. The hall was constructed in 1888 as a drill hall for military cadets and the audience is navigated along a T-shaped stage. This is the very first time an opera production from the Ruhrgebiet has been invited to New York - the outlay in terms of logistics and personnel is tremendous. This invitation from Lincoln Center Festival truly confirms the role of the RuhrTriennale as a cultural ambassador for North-Rhine Westphalia.

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RuhrTriennale Production »Le vin herbé« at the Opéra de Lyon

Frank Martin's staged Oratorium Le vin herbé directed by Willy Decker was the opening production of the RuhrTriennale 2007 and has now been invited to the Opéra de Lyon in January 2009. This much-acclaimed production will have four performances (24, 26, 28 and 30 January 2009).

As in the premiere at the Gebläsehalle in Duisburg, the lovers Tristan and Iseut will be sung by Sinéad Mulhern und Finnur Bjarnason, the musical director is Friedemann Layer. This guest-perfomance is part of the Saison France. More information: