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    Lately, there are quite a few children operas being composed. One of those is Robin Hood, by Frank Schwemmer, where a Berliner boy addicted to videogames push the wrong button, and is transfered, along with his father and his friends, to Sherwood Forest, and there meets Robin and his Merry Men. Meanwhile, back in Berlin, her mother is desperately trying to find another button to get them back.



    Yes, it sounds like "The Neverending Story", that, by the way, has also been adapted to opera, by German composer Siegfried Matthus:


    Die unendliche Geschichte - Cut 1

    Die unendliche Geschichte - Cut 2

    Die unendliche Geschichte - Cut 3

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    The American première of Unsuk Chin's Alice in Wonderland is happening in St. Louis on June 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, and 23.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    It's funny, but sometimes a subject become operatic fashion, and is used several times in a short term.

    In the last few years, apart from Unsuk Chin's Alice, we have had other adaptions:

    Peter Westergaard



    Robert Chauls


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    Most Opera enthusiasts know Fiedrich Cerha as the composer that completed the third act of Alban Berg's Lulu, a wonderful job, indeed.

    However, Cerha has also written some operas of his own. Like Der Riese vom Steinfeld, premiered in Vienna in 2002.

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    I'm curious to know about the operas of Henze. Which ones would the experts here recommend?

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    Boulevard Solitude is a spectacular opera:



    Link at Amazon.com

    I also love l'Upupa:



    Amazon.com link.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    My friend showed me parts of this one and that's what got me curious about Henze!

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    My favourite is El Cimarron (The Runaway Sklave). It was written during Henze's stay in Cuba (1969-70). Actually it's a musical theatre piece, writen for baritone, a guitarist, a flautist and a percussionist (although all four musicians play percussion instruments during the work).
    Really interesting!




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    Rachel Portman is an English composer, known primarily for her soundtracks, having won an Oscar for Emma.

    She has also written a children opera, The Little Prince, based on Saint-Exupéry's tale, premiered at Houston Grand Opera, in 2003, and then performed also in Boston, Milwaukee, New York, Santa Fe and her native England:


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    Bernhard Lang is an Austrian composer that premiered back in 2006, I hate Mozart. In spite of its title, it was a commission to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and it's basically a light parody of some of his operas.


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    There is an opera about almost anything on Heaven or Earth.

    For sure, this also includes the world of Sports. We have for instance Martin Smolka's Nagano, written in celebration of the Czech Republic national ice hockey team, that grabbed the gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1998:



    and also the opera premiered at the Munich's Biennale, Playing Away, by British composer Benedict Mason, about professional football. Terry Bond, from the City FC, is one of the best players in the world, and is going to play in the Champions League's final, facing Bayern Munich. But at the same time, he is emotionally torn between his wife, a famous pop star, and his lover. Everything comes together the day of the Final...


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    André Previn is an American conductor and composer, winner also of several Oscars for his movie soundtracks.

    In 1998 he premiered in San Francisco, A Streetcar Named Desire, based on Tennessee Williams's play.

    Renée Fleming sung Blanche, while Stella was Elizabeth Futral and Kowalski, Rodney Gilfry. Since then there have been other performances across the US, and also in London, Vienna, Dublin, Strasbourg, Turin,...

    The piece is of limited interest. In the same style we have more satisfying works from Bolcom, Corigliano, Adamo,...





    His second opera is another adaptation, this time from the world of cinema. Brief Encounter, based on David Lean's movie. It was premiered in 2009 at Houston Grand Opera. Nothing new under the sun.



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    Yep, A Street Car Named Desire, not one of my favorites, I don't think the opera adds much to the play, and has kind of mundane music.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    The Legend of the White Snake is a traditional Chinese tale, about a young man that falls in love with a woman, that is really a white snake, transformed in a human being by magic. This tale has been in circulation in the Chinese literature, stage and opera for centuries. This is an operatic (Chinese kind) example:



    Composer Zhou Long, a Chinese living in the US, has premiered an opera (a Western one) based on this material in Boston, the year 2010: Madame White Snake



    The soprano Ying Huan sings the main aria of the opera:


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    Jorg Widmann is a German composer and clarinenist.

    In the chamber opera K(l)eine Morgensternszene premiered in Frankfurt, the year 2005, he experimented with an accompaniment of cymbal and percussion for a single soprano:



    But his only large format opera Das Gesicht im Spiegel, was premiered at Munich's Staatsoper:


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