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WORK OF THE WEEK – HERBERT WILLI: DSONG

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Despite Korea and Austria being thousands of miles apart, music has created an unlikely link between the two nations: Austrian composer Herbert Willi dedicates his new composition DSONG to the basic Korean principle of connection. It receives its premiere on 14 August 2022 at the Festspielhaus Bregenz with the Orchesterakademie Bregenz and musical director Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

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WORK OF THE WEEK – LUIGI NONO: IL CANTO SOSPESO

WORK OF THE WEEK – LUIGI NONO: IL CANTO SOSPESO

"Tension as total silenzio [...]" was perceived by Luigi Nono during the premiere of his secular cantata Il canto sospeso, and later penned to Paul Dessau. Alternatively, the total silence may have been speechlessness, given the nature of Nono's composition and the texts he set to music. Schott is now publishing Il canto sospeso in a new, opulently decorated facsimile edition.

 

 

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WORK OF THE WEEK – CARL ORFF: DE TEMPORUM FINE COMOEDIA

What if our world ended tomorrow? Should the extinction of his own creation occur, the biblical God does not shrink, a concept depicted multiple times in the Old Testament. Carl Orff’s “Play of the End of Times” De temporum fine comoedia embodies this existential idea in its production premiere by Romeo Castellucci on 26 July 2022 as part of the Salzburger Festspiele.

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Work of the Week – Sebastian Hilli: Hibernation

Work of the Week – Sebastian Hilli: Hibernation

Hibernation in summer? – In Sebastian Hilli's new composition Hibernation, the term "hibernation" represents not an external, but an internal "cold spell". On July 7, 2022, Hibernation will be performed in Viitasaari, Finland as part of the Time of Music Festival. The International Ensemble Modern Academy will be conducted by Alexander Sinan Binder, with video projections by Jenny Jokela.

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Work of the Week – Ludger Vollmer: Schillers Räuber

Work of the Week – Ludger Vollmer: Schillers Räuber

“We want to be in your gang!” – That’s likely what Schiller’s robbers would have said to their captain Karl Moor if they had lived in the 21st century. In Ludger Vollmer’s opera for young people, Schillers Räuber, they use these exact words. The play will premiere at the Stadttheater in Hildesheim on June 25, 2022. Achim Falkenhausen takes charge of musical direction, Oliver Pauli is director and Alaz Deniz Köymen, choreographer.

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Work of the Week – Stewart Wallace: Harvey Milk Reimagined

Work of the Week – Stewart Wallace: Harvey Milk Reimagined

Hope will never be silent. This is the credo of civil rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, the main character in Stewart Wallace’s opera Harvey Milk Reimagined. The work will receive its world premiere at Opera Saint Louis, Missouri, conducted by Carolyn Kuan in collaboration with stage directors Seán Curran and James Robinson.

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Work of the Week – Mary Finsterer: Antarctica

Work of the Week – Mary Finsterer: Antarctica

The eternal ice is no more: The climate crisis leaves its marks even at the coldest and southernmost spots on earth. In their new opera Antarctica, Australian composer Mary Finsterer and her librettist Tom Wright paint a picture of a changing continent. The new piece will be premiered on 5 June 2022 at Holland Festival with Asko|Schoenberg Ensemble, conducted by Jack Symonds. Director Imara Savage and her team are responsible for the scenic realization at Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw aan ’t  IJ. 

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