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    Georg Friedrich Haas - Koma (libretto by Händl Klaus)

    In Michaela’s room on the nursing ward. She has been in a vegetative state since an accident at the lake – perhaps a drowning attempt . Her family has become a community of shared fate. Barbara, her little daughter, has fallen silent along with her mother. But her husband Michael, her sister Jasmin and the latter’s husband Alexander, with whom she had a love affair, speak to her, touch her and live with Michaela in the hope of reaching her – of bringing her back.

    In his newest opera – to be premiered at the Schwetzingen Festival in May 2016 – Georg Friedrich Haas works with phases of absolute darkness that correspond to Michaela’s shadow-world state, and in which her singing is the underlying force of this community of fate; the relatives remain on their own, and an almost impenetrable, complex web of relationships opens up.
    http://www.internationales-musikinst...9-koma-en.html

    The above video is the May premiere referred to in the note.

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    The British composer, pianist and conductor Thomas Adès has written three operas so far, and all of them were reasonably successful.

    "Powder her Face" was premiered in 1995, and have been staged several times since then:



    "The Tempest", based on Shakespeare, was premiered back in 2004, at the Covent Garden, and also enjoyed several productions in Frankfurt, Vienna, Strasbourg, Santa Fe,... and also New York's MET:



    His last opera, "The Exterminating Angel", based on a movie by Luis Buñuel, was premiered at the 2016 Salzburg Festival:


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    Gordon Getty is an American composer (among many other things), that has written several operas.

    Arguably, his more accomplished work so far is "Usher House", based on Poe:

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    I REALLY like this thread. I just saw L'amour de Loin at the Met last week, and I've been reeling over it ever since. After reading through the liner notes and seeing that Saariaho was inspired by Messiaen's St. Francois..., I listened to that on Spotify and loved it as well. Haas' Bluthaus has so far stuck out to me the most of the ones mentioned here, and I'm eager to continue scouring the posts for more.

    Is there a summary of the posts so far, or some sort of "top recommendations" for modern avant-garde opera in brief?

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    No, I'm afraid there is no summary available.

    However, about 'Top Recommendations' for modern avant-garde opera, I can indeed share some of my favorites (on top of "L'amour de loin", that I love too):

    *** "Luci mie traditrici" - Sciarrino
    *** "Lost Highway" - Neuwirth
    *** "An Index of Metals" - Romitelli
    *** "Hanjo" - Hosokawa
    *** "Shadowtime" - Ferneyhough
    *** "Antigone" - Fedele
    *** "Written on Skin" - Benjamin

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    Vladimir Cosma is an already veteran Romanian composer, working since many years in France. Some of his soundtracks: "La raison d'Etat", "Diva", "Le Bal"... are well known.


    He worked several years on his first opera, Marius et Fanny, based on Marcel Pagnol's trilogy. The opera was premiered in Marseille, back in 2007, with Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu as lead singers. We can watch it complete in youtube:


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    Quote Originally Posted by schigolch View Post
    "News", from Nixon in China
    Here's I am the wife of Mao Tse-Tung from the same opera, spectacularly sung by Hye Jung Lee in the Cardiff Singer of the World final:


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    Paul Schoenfield is an American composer and pianist, that was commissioned back in 1999 to write an opera for the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. "The Merchant and the Pauper" is based on a story by Rabbi Nachman of Bratislava:


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    The veteran English composer Harrison Birtwistle has written a dozen operas in his long career. The first one, Punch and Judy (1967) was quite the scandal when it was premiered, but it was received with a lot of praise, beyond the controversy:



    And, of course, he also wrote back in the 1980s the complex and seminal opera The Mask of Orpheus. But coming back to the 21st century, his arguably biggest success ever was The Minotaur (2008), that was premiered at the Royal Opera House, and also was recorded in a DVD:


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    Gershon Kingsley is a popular music composer (he was one of the first people to use a Moog synthesizer), that later in life also worked in classical music and in 2008 premiered, with the German librettist Michael Kunze, his opera Raoul, based on the story of the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg:


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    James MacMillan is a British composer that premiered back in 2007 his opera "The Sacrifice", in Cardiff.


    With a libretto by the poet Michael Symmons Roberts, the piece is inspired by the cicle of Welsh legends, Mabinogion, though the action takes place in the 21st century. MacMillan's musical language is firmly tonal. In the words of one reviewer: 'a modern opera for people who dislike modern opera':


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    New opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp announced:

    http://www.roh.org.uk/news/new-opera...rimp-announced

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    Quote Originally Posted by schigolch View Post
    But coming back to the 21st century, his arguably biggest success ever was The Minotaur (2008), that was premiered at the Royal Opera House, and also was recorded in a DVD:
    Great post. I don't know what it is about Birtwistle--he seems to keep doing the same stuff he's always done, only better and better. I love The Minotaur dvd, and some of his recent instrumental works are among my favorite pieces by anyone--I especially like the Moth Requiem and Angel Fighter albums.
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    Julia Wolfe is an American composer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2015 for her oratorio "Anthracite Fields". She has worked with his husband Michael Gordon and fellow composer David Lang in several pieces related to the field of Opera, such as "The Carbon Copy Building", with a libretto by Ben Katchor. It was written in 1999, and a CD was released in 2007:


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    An aria from Deutscher's opera Cinderella
    Cinderella: Theresa Krügl (soprano)

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