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Music Text

Libretto by Manfred Trojahn (G)

Scoring

S,M,2Bar; 8 madrigal soloists(SSAATTBB);
3(III=picc,afl).2.corA.2.bcl.dbcl.2.dbn-4.3.3.1-timp.perc(3)-2harp-pft-strings

Abbreviations (PDF)

Publisher

Boosey & Hawkes Bote & Bock

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

World Premiere
3/5/2022
Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam
Pierre Audi, director
Conductor: Erik Nielsen
Company: Andrè Schuen (Orpheus) /Julia Kleiter (Eurydice) / Thomas Oliemans (Pluto) / Katia Ledoux (Proserpin

Roles

EURYDICE Soprano
PROSERPINE Mezzo-soprano
ORPHÉE Baritone
PLUTON Baritone
8 Madrigal soloists SSAATTBB
Composer Notes

An opera about an old theme, but then again not, because it focuses on the moment when Orphée and Eurydice get to know each other, and getting to know each other becomes an often disturbed, painful and quite hesitant process.
Only at the moment when Eurydice dies does Orphée become aware of his love. A piece in which poetry with its ambiguity is more essential than dramatic explosion. A piece that lives from allusions, in which the quiet change of color remains the essential element.
The dismaying realization that death cannot be undone, that we can only live life because the idea of death is not possible for us, leads Eurydice and Orphée to a farewell in melancholy.
Life must be lived "now," in the moment. Past and future are empty projections.
Manfred Trojahn

Moods

Tragic

Subjects

Contemporary, Mythology




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