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Einem, Gottfried von: Jesu Hochzeit (Jesus’ Wedding) op. 52 (1978-79) 85'
Miracle opera in two acts

Music Text

Deutsch

Libretto by Lotte Ingrisch (G)

Scoring

S,2M,T,B; chorus; 2(II=picc).2.2.2-2.2.1.0-timp.perc-elec.gtr-strings.

Abbreviations (PDF).

Territory

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World Premiere

18/05/1980
Theater an der Wien, Wien
Giancarlo del Monaco, director / Theater an der Wien / David Shallon

Press Quotes

Deutsch

"Today, in times of global religious strife, Jesu Hochzeit (Jesus’s Wedding) is a particularly important piece." (Jörn Florian Fuchs, Deutschlandradio Kultur, 06 Aug 2016)

"Strictly speaking, this opera can be understood as the illustrious initial impulse of so-called postmodernism. In any case, it is living evidence for the possibility of making concise, clear, and yet literally unheard-of statements by means of major and minor. Even brutal statements that consolidate nearly breathtakingly in the work’s best moments." (Wilhelm Sinkovicz, Die Presse, 08 Aug 2016)

"The revival of Jesu Hochzeit finally makes possible a look at the work’s musical qualities, which were completely lost in the scandal in 1980. As in his other operas, Gottfried von Einem attempted here, too, to combine tradition with the search for new paths." (Thomas Schacher, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 13 Aug 2016)

"It remains to be hoped that other theaters rediscover this modern mystery opera, as love at second glance." (Eckhard Weber, Concerti, 06 Aug 2016)



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