ZhengzhouGrand Theatre, China
Our project in Zhengzhou Grand Theatre has been delayed by the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic. The installation started at the beginning of 2020, but when the lock-down in China was announced, we withdrew our staff from Zhengzhou. To date, they have not been able to return because of the travel and quarantine restrictions that are still in force.
Nantong City is located in Jiangsu Province on the northern bank of the Yangtze River, with Shanghai across the river on the southern bank. Nantong Grand Theatre is currently being built as part of the City’s cultural district and includes a concert hall with seating for 1200 people. Rieger Orgelbau has been commissioned to build an organ with 66 stops on 4 manuals and pedals for the new hall.
The façade design of the organ has three wave-like lines that are superimposed on each other and therefore intersect and generate three peaks and troughs. In so-doing, this design is infused with movement, which lends it a graceful charm. Some of the façade pipes’ upper sections will have surfaces that are treated differently – matt as opposed to polished surfaces – to introduce more visual ‘movement’ into the design. Above, below and on either side of the organ, the wall surfaces will receive raised, circular elements of differing sizes.The organ is planned to be installed in mid-2021.
St Mary’s Basilica is a brick Gothic church that was built in the Old Town of Kraków in the 14th Century. The church contains many historic works of art, including the renowned main altarpiece sculpted from 1477 to 1489 by Veit Stoss.
Rieger restored and rebuilt the choir organ (14/II/P) in 2018 and is currently installing a new main organ with 62 stops on 4 manuals and pedals. The choir organ can be played independently or from the main organ’s console. The historic main organ case is being re-used after being extended by the addition of pedal towers and after being restored separately by specialists in art restoration in Poland.
Experimental organ for the newly commissioned opera, “Wind”, Bregenz, Austria
The management of the Bregenz Festspiele have commissioned the composer, Alexander Moosbrugger, to write an opera, titled ‘Wind’, that will be performed in August 2021 in the ‘Werkstattbühne”. The story of the opera is based on the HypnerotomachiaPoliphiliwhich was printed in Venice in1499 with copious woodcut illustrations in an Early Renaissance style.The author is believed to be Francesco Colonna. The story is an allegory in which Poliphilo pursues his love, Polia, through a dreamlike landscape. The composer uses a custom-made organ with 179 pipes to produce a wide range of notes and harmonics. The pipes will be arranged in groups around the theatre to create the effect of sitting within the instrument. Building this unique ‘theatre organ’is an illustration of Rieger’s flexibility and willingness to experiment with tonal developments.