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Andriessen, LouisLa Commedia (2004 - 08) 100'
Film opera in five parts, with electronic music inserts by Anke Brouwer

Music Text      Deutsch
texts by Dante and Vondel and from the Old Testament (L-D-E-I)

Major roles: S,female voice,male voice; Small roles: from the chorus; chorus (SATB); children's chorus; 3(I,II=picc).2.2.bcl.dbcl.0- SD/BD/3brake dr/timp/chimes/log dr/3tplbl/lg lion's roar/2tom-t/2cyms-2pft-cimb-gtr-bass gtr-strings(vln/vlc/db: min 3.3.2)

Performance of this work requires a CD, 'Soundscapes', to be played. This is included with the hire set..
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This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

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World Premiere
Koninklijk Theater Carré, Amsterdam
Claron McFadden, soprano / Cristina Zavalloni, voice / Jeroen Willems, voice / Hal Hartley, director / Synergy Vocals / Netherlands Opera / Asko|Schönberg Ensemble / Reinbert de Leeuw

Press Quotes      Deutsch
“…the distillation of a lifetime’s creativity... There is nothing ethereal about this opera. Its questing vigour is of a materialist, Brechtian, Godardian kind. It relishes the mixture of media, musical quotations and parody, intellectual subtexts and ironic commentary while remaining spunkily itself — a brilliant, new-fangled circus."
Sunday Times 

Recommended Recording

Dutch National Opera/Asko|Schönberg Ensemble/Reinbert de Leeuw
(p) and © 2014 Dutch National Opera and NTR under license to Nonesuch Records Inc, a Warner Music Group Company
Nonesuch 534877 (2CDs and DVD)

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News stories for this title :

  • Andriessen series at the Barbican in London
  • Andriessen: reviews of US premiere of La Commedia
  • Louis Andriessen interview: creating La Commedia

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