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Music Text

Libretto by Marius Felix Lange after Hans-Christian Andersen's fairy tale (G)


4S,2M,A,3T,Bar,BBar,B; chorus(SSAAT);
2(II=picc).2(II=corA).2(II=bcl).2(II=dbn)-4.2.2.btrbn.1-timp.perc(3):SD/BD/clash cym/susp.cym/tam-t/Chin.gong/glsp/crot/xyl/chimes/tgl/wdbl/whip-harp-cel-strings

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


World Premiere
Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Duisburg
Johannes Schmid, director / Duisburger Philharmoniker / Lukas Beikircher
Composer's Notes

While writing the libretto and the music to my opera “The Snow Queen,” it was my heartfelt desire to fully transfer to the opera stage the complexity of the material, its poetry, its deep symbolism, its bizarre humor, its colorful characters, and especially the touching and, in the course of the story, dramatically endangered relationship between Gerda and Kay. In doing so, I felt obligated to remain as close as possible to Hans Christian Andersen’s masterful original. In the spirit of Andersen, the work is aimed at people of all ages. (Marius Felix Lange)

Press Quotes

Wow! Opera can be so beautiful, so emotional, so splendidly full of fantasy. [...] Marius Felix Lange [...] plays sovereignly with the means of contemporary music. (Armin Kaumanns, Rheinische Post from 6 July 2016)

Lange follows the model very closely and tells a story of tender poetry and fine humor without exaggerated slapstick and cramped, naive fussiness. Everything is immersed in a sound of cinematic beauty einriched with dissonant accents: musically a successful balancing act between romantic dream world and hard reality. (Pedro Obiera, Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) from 25 April 2016)

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