Die tote Stadt at Calgary Opera
Featuring Adam Zinatelli
Adam was interviewed for the upcoming Calgary Opera performances of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt. Read an excerpt from the article below.
AT CALGARY OPERA, we are so appreciative to have the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), an amazing arts organization in our city, to partner with. Without their talented musicians, our operas would not be the robust musical experience they are. Die tote Stadt is a complex piece, one of the main reasons Maestro Bramwell Tovey agreed to conduct it for us. We understand this from an opera and production perspective, but were interested to find out what being part of this Canadian premiere was like for the orchestra. Adam Zinatelli, Principal Trumpet with the CPO for the last 7 years was kind enough to take some time to share his perspective on playing Erich Korngold and Die tote Stadt. It wasn’t Korngold’s operatic works that first reached Adam’s ears, it was the movie scores of Spartacus and The Sea Hawk. “When first listening to Korngold,” says Adam, “you can tell right away he writes wonderful brass and trumpet parts, and that there’s so much depth to the material.”
In 2014, Adam played in the GPO’s concert featuring The Adventures of Robin Hood, the movie score that won Korngold the Oscar. Korngold was the first composer FNer to do so, as up to that point, tile Oscar was presented to the studio head of the music department. “Robin Hood is very different from Die tote Stadt, says Adam. “Die tote Stadt is complex and can be more closely compared to the work of Strauss, specifically his operas Elektra and Salome. When asked if he looks forward to playing this type of work he replied, “Absolutely, Die tote Stadt is a good one. There’s a lot for everyone to do; I think every player in the orchestra will be challenged and rewarded by livilg with this piece.