Photo: Bregenzer Festspiele/ Karl Forster
WP Bregenz 2014, Micharl Sturminger dir.
Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald (2011-14)
(Tales from the Vienna Woods)
Duration: 140 minutes
Opera in three acts
Libretto by Michael Sturminger, based on the play by Ödön von Horváth (G)
Major roles: S,M,Bar,B Other: 2S,M,4T,Bar,BBar Solistenensemble: 3S,3A,3T,3B 2(I,II=picc).2(II-corA).3(II=Ebcl,III=bcl).asax.tsax(=ssax).3(III=dbn)-4.3(I=flugelhorn).3(I=thn).1-timp.perc(3)-harp-honkytonk(backstage)-pft-strings(126.96.36.199.4) Stage band: vln-Ebcl-gtr(on stage prop)-accordion-zither(on stage prop) Cabaret band: ssax-tpt.trbn.tuba-drum kit-pft-banjo
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.
Michael Sturminger, director
Conductor: HK Gruber
Company: Eerens, Schmutzhard, Schneider, Kirchschlager, Pesendorfer, Vondung, Silja u.a. / Ensemble Nova / Wi
"A magnificent new opera is born... While Horváth’s language may look harsh on the printed page, Gruber and Sturminger have found the absurd humor in his words..."
"The piece goes straight to the heart… superb craftsmanship..."
"HK Gruber’s score displays his immense skills, with an enormous breadth of tonal colours and instrumental effects..."
"Gruber has created a score from the best that new music can offer… The work is a portrait of how people, although they put up a superhuman fight, can break down forlorn. It is thanks to this most original of Austrian composers, that an opera has been created out of the play, and one of such impressiveness that it deserves to be performed on every operatic stage from New York to Tokyo…”
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