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    I would like to hear that Mitterer opera. I enjoy a few things by him, all unique pieces.

    I recall searching for a clip of another stage work of his on youtube. Seemed like a satire/comedy/farce kinda thing to the extent that I don't remember the music

    I don't have much new to contribute at the moment. The last contemporary opera I listened to was Sciarrino's Perseo E Andromeda, which came as a bit of a shock when I realized it was mostly just taped wind sounds accompanying voices. However, oddly enough, it was incredibly effective despite the fact that I usually prefer Sciarrino not to get *too* minimal.

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    Perseo e Andromeda is available in youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80ET26mCmUU




    The daughter of Luciano Pavarotti, Cristina, and the Spanish composer Alberto García Demestres, worked together in the chamber opera Il sequestro, presenting a rather strange tale about the kidnapping of three women, from Morocco, Spain and Serbia, in Italy, how they react, and how TV is broadcasting the story. It was staged in Modena, back in 2009:


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    Richard Ayres, a British composer, premiered his opera The Cricket Recovers in the year 2005. Based on a series of children tales by the Dutch writer Toon Tellegen, some reviewers commented this was a kind of Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen of the 21st century.


    Let's hear a fragment of the opera, and see if we agree with such a comparison:


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    Now playing:

    Ming Tsao - Die Geisterinsel

    Supposedly the Die Geisterinsel has been used in the past as a sort of German setting of The Tempest. Ming Tsao's setting was composed from 2009-2010 and released by KAIROS only a year or so ago.

    Ming Tsao is a Chinese-American student of Brian Ferneyhough. He has another disc out on Mode records that includes a string quartet performed by the Arditti Quartet.

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    The CD above can be found in youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYuOV_vWrqY

    On top of being an opera character under his 'alter ego' Jean-Sol Partre (as we mentioned in this same threat, commenting about Edison Denisov's opera L′Écume des jours), the work of the French philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre had also been used as source material by some composers.


    For instance, "Huis clos", the existentialist drama par excellence, is the origin of No Exit, an opera written by the Welsh composer Andy Vores, and premiered in Boston, back in 2008. In youtube we can find a performance from Florida Grand Opera, in 2013:


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    Tonight's listenings: BOTH musical settings of Heiner Muller's Die Hamletmaschine, back to back.

    Already listened:

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    Currently listening:

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    I don't particularly know much about Muller's post-modern adaptation of the Shakespeare classic, but I feel that I get a sense of it simply from hearing common ideas between two radically different composers.

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    Personally, I like a lot Müller's piece of theater, and I'm fond of Rihm's opera. Not so much enthralled about Aperghis's oratorio.

    Christopher Theofanidis premiered in 2011, at San Francisco Opera, Heart of a Soldier, a piece based on the life of one of the 9/11 killings's victims, Rick Rescorla. This is the presentation of the opera:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buDK0fKv-vs


    This was the third opera from Theofanidis. His biggest impact so far was with The Refuge, about the inmigrants arriving to America, from all parts of the world, with seven stories related to Nigeria, Vietnam, Mexico, Pakistan, India, Russia and Guatemala. It was premiered back in 2007, in Houston, and released in CD:


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    Schigolch,

    Thoughts on Friedrich Cerha's Baal?

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    I love the work of Mr. Cerha in completing the unfinished Lulu of Alban Berg.

    Baal can be watched complete in youtube:


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    The American-Russian composer (among other things) Lera Auerbach premiered her opera Gogol in Vienna, in 2011. She was also the librettist, and she presented more a description of the state of mind of the character 'Gogol' (performed by two singers, one as the actual Gogol and the other doubling as the demon Bes, a kind of product of Gogol's subconscious), than a biography of the Russian writer.


    Reviews were mixed, and the future of the opera remains uncertain, as usual in a new piece:


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    I'm pretty much out of other composers to mention, but not other operas

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    But of course, I've forgotten a great one!

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    It's almost a shame that Heinz Holliger is the world-class oboe virtuoso. All too often, we forget that he is a world-class composer as well.

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    Indeed.

    Hollinger has tackled just about any genre, a great composer. In vocal music, however, I kind of prefer his small work from the 1960s Der magische Tänzer: http://www.goear.com/listen/902eabb/hhdmt-aud to Schneewittchen

    The German composer York Höller premiered his excellent opera Der Meister und Margarita (based of course in Bulgakov, there have been also another operatic adaptations) in 1989 at the Paris Opéra. There was a CD released:




    And we can listen in youtube:


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    Emmanuel Nunes was one of the foremost composers of his generation. He only wrote one opera, Das Märchen, based on some tales by Goethe, that was premiered in Lisbon, back in 2008.


    There are some moments just fascinating from a purely musical point of view, though the piece was judged by the critics to be rather too too long, and not very 'dramatic', with a vocal writing much more interesting for the chorus than for the soloists.


    We can hear this work complete in youtube:


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    Schigolch, do you know of any stream where those other Manoury operas may be heard in full? There is a youtube user that has uploaded several unrecorded Manoury works, but these are primarily from his orchestral and chamber oeuvres.

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