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Claude Vivier Around the World

(March 2014)

Upcoming performances of Vivier’s works in North America and Europe

The New York Philharmonic, under the baton of internationally renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel, will perform Vivier’s orchestral tone poem Orion in New York City March 27–29. This will not be the first time Dudamel has programmed the works of one of Canada’s most beloved composers. He has previously performed Orion, as well as Zipangu—a treatise in orchestral color for strings only—with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Zipangu will also be performed by Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra May 21–24.

For more information about Claude Vivier’s Orion, click here.

For more information about Claude Vivier’s Zipangu, click here.

Vivier’s only opera, Kopernikus, will be performed at the Netherlands Opera April 15–19, and will also see the premiere of a new production at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich May 11–14.

features characters—real, legendary, and fictional—from different times and disciplines throughout history. These include the author Lewis Carroll, the wizard Merlin, the Queen of the Night, Tristan and Isolde, Mozart, Copernicus, and others. The story centers around a child named Agni and her relationships with these other characters. A dreamlike sequence of events occurs, taking place in a space not unlike the absurd world of Carroll’s Wonderland. Kopernikus features Vivier’s own libretto in French and an imaginary language. The work was premiered at the Monument-National in Montreal in 1980.

For more information about Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus, click here.

Photo: JA Billard

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