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Opera in three acts (2019)

Composer Hans Abrahamsen · Libretto by Hans Abrahamsen and Henrik Engelbrecht Hans Christian Andersen's tale
First performance of the version in English with German and English surtitles | New Production

Munich Opera Festival
Friday, 31. July 2020
07:30 pm
Nationaltheater

Introductory Event: 06:30 PM

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Premiere at 21. December 2019

#BSOsnowqueen

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Cast

Komponist
Hans Abrahamsen
Musikalische Leitung
Cornelius Meister
Inszenierung
Andreas Kriegenburg
Bühne
Harald B. Thor
Kostüme
Andrea Schraad
Licht
Michael Bauer
Choreographie
Zenta Haerter
Chor
Stellario Fagone
Dramaturgie
Malte Krasting

Gerda
Barbara Hannigan
Kay
Rachael Wilson
Kay
Thomas Gräßle
Grandmother/Old Lady/Finn Woman
Katarina Dalayman
Snow Queen/Reindeer/Clock
Peter Rose
Princess
Caroline Wettergreen
Prince
Dean Power
Forest Crow
Kevin Conners
Castle Crow
Owen Willetts
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper

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Two children, Gerda and Kay, are intimately connected, as if destined for one another. But something distracts Kay’s heart and eye and suddenly they are estranged, as if they lived in two different worlds. Abducted by the Snow Queen, Kay physically disappears from Gerda’s life. She begins a long search for her friend, until she finds him again in the snow and ice, and cries the diabolical splinter out of him with her tears. With the benefit of so much more experience, both are now ready to become adults. Hans Christian Andersen’s Snow Queen fairy tale is the template for Hans Abrahamsen’s first opera. Following years of examining the “snow” theme and a lifelong analysis of Andersen’s fairy tale the Danish composer wrote it with his own libretto from 2014 to 2018: “There are so many layers in this fairy tale. You can read the text in different ways. It holds many secrets and you can interpret it in many ways.” His music with its finely changing structures and subtly adjusted repetitions give the text depth and lightness at the same time. Just a few weeks after the world premiere in Copenhagen, the Bayerische Staatsoper presents the English version premiere, with soprano Barbara Hannigan, who decisively inspired Abrahamsen to compose the opera, embodying the role of Gerda for the first time. Director Andreas Kriegenburg stages The Snow Queen as the story of adults for an adult audience, as a journey into the inner sanctum of the human soul.

Recommended age: 16 years and older

 

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Biographies

Der dänische Komponist Hans Abrahamsen ist eine der originellsten und eigenständigsten Stimmen der zeitgenössischen Musik. Er begann seine Karriere mit einem Horn- und Kompositionsstudium. Es folgten erste eigene Werke, die bereits internationale Resonanz fanden wie zum Beispiel Winternacht. Während einer mehrjährigen, von ihm „Fermate“ genannten schöpferischen Pause orchestrierte und bearbeitete er Stücke von Johann Sebastian Bach, György Ligeti, Carl Nielsen, Robert Schumann, Arnold Schönberg und Claude Debussy, deren Musik auch seine eigenen Kompositionen beeinflusst. Sein Werk Schnee für Kammerensemble wurde 2008 uraufgeführt. Um dieses Werk kreist ein inhaltlich und motivisch verbundener Zyklus von Kompositionen, der immer weiter wächst. Sein Klavierkonzert für die linke Hand (Left, alone) und das Monodram let me tell you, das er für Barbara Hannigan geschrieben hat und mit dem seine Musik endgültig weltweit bekannt wurde, gehören genauso dazu wie seine erste Oper The Snow Queen nach Hans Christian Andersens gleichnamigem Märchen.

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