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Music Text

Libretto by Reinhard Palm, based on the novel by Stanislaw Lem (G)


Major roles: S,T,Bar,B; minor roles: S,M,A; mixed chorus;

Abbreviations (PDF)


Boosey & Hawkes / Bote & Bock

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

For full details on this stagework, including synopsis and roles, please visit our Opera section.

World Premiere
Festspielhaus, Bregenz
Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier, director / Wiener Symphoniker / Prager Philharmonischer Chor / Markus Stenz
Press Quotes

"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." (Alfred Zimmerlin, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 20 Jul 2012)

"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." (Heinz W. Koch, Badische Zeitung, 20 Jul 2012)

"[Glanert] has an exceptional knack for music drama. His score reflects the cosmic solitude just as well as the psychological terror which the scientists on Solaris repeatedly experience, exposed through the personification of their own feelings of guilt. At the same time, Glanert places great emphasis on the comprehensibility of the text, and finds a skilful balance between the recitative-like arioso and the musico-dramatic elements, which are allowed to flow in and out of each other perfectly." (Elisabeth Schwind, Südkurier, 20 Jul 2012, http://www.suedkurier.de/nachrichten/kultur/themensk/Oper-im-Raumschiff;art410935,5601800)

Recommended Recording

(closing scene)
Christof Fischesser / Domkantorei Köln / Gürzenich-Orchester Köln / Markus Stenz (July 2013, "GO live!")

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