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Detlev Glanert: reviews of Solaris premiere in Bregenz |
"In his portrayal of Solaris with orchestra and a large chorus, Glanert has created his own soundworld for the work: alongside sections of overwhelming intensity, there is much translucent chamber music. The music is stylistically flexible, dramatically precise… and it creates both atmosphere and tension."
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
"Glanert’s art of allowing the orchestral colours to shimmer is shown here anew. In masterly fashion he gives choral voice to the planet, from the first stuttering syllable to fully-formed language."
"[Glanert] delivers what is missing in most modern operas. He is accomplished in the world of the theatre. He has an instinct for the structure of a work. He is able to conjure up orchestral colours and atmospheres. He can make scores comprehensible to first-time listeners… But above all, he knows how to write for singers. Glanert is one of the most, perhaps the most, practical of the current generation of opera composers."
Solaris will be staged by the Komische Oper in Berlin in a future season, again conducted by Markus Stenz.
The Glanert feature at the Bregenz Festival also included Nijinsky’s Diary, which fuses opera, theatre and dance, and the Austrian premiere of Theatrum bestiarum. Other summer highlights were the UK premiere of Caligula at English National Opera in London and the world premiere under the baton of Ivan Fischer of a new ten-minute orchestral Nocturne commissioned by the Berlin Konzerthaus.
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Photo: Bregenzer Festspiele / Karl Forster