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Cristóbal Halffter
Lázaro

Work Details

Year of composition: 2004-2007
Subtitle: Opera
Composer: Cristóbal Halffter
Librettist: Juan Carlos Marset
Original Language: Spanisch
Parts: Lazarus, baritone
Judas, bass
Marta, soprano / mezzo-soprano
Maria, soprano
Simon / Kriegsknecht I, tenor
Johannes / Kriegsknecht II, high tenor
Andreas / Kriegsknecht III, bass
Jacob / Malco, low baritone
Instrumentation: 4 3 4 3 - 4 4 4 1 - perc(4), hp, pno/cel, synth, str(16 14 12 10 8 or 10 8 6 5 4)
Instrumentation details: 1st flute; 2nd flute; 3rd flute (+picc); 4th flute (+picc); 1st oboe; 2nd oboe; 3rd oboe (+c.a); 1st clarinet in Bb; 2nd clarinet in Bb; 3rd clarinet in Bb; 4th clarinet in Bb (+bass cl(Bb)); 1st bassoon; 2nd bassoon; 3rd bassoon (+cbsn); 1st horn in F; 2nd horn in F; 3rd horn in F; 4th horn in F; 1st trumpet in C; 2nd trumpet in C; 3rd trumpet in C; 4th trumpet in C; 1st trombone; 2nd trombone; 3rd trombone; 4th trombone; bass tuba; 1st percussion; 2nd percussion; 3rd percussion; 4th percussion; harp; piano / celesta; syntheziser; violin I (1st desk); violin I (2nd desk); violin I (3rd, 4th desk); violin I (5th, 6th desk); violin I (7th, 8th desk); violin II (1st desk); violin II (2nd desk); violin II (3rd, 4th desk); violin II (5th–7th desk); viola (1st desk); viola (2nd desk); viola (3rd, 4th desk); viola (5th, 6th desk); violoncello (1st desk); violoncello (2nd, 3rd desk); violoncello (4th, 5th desk); contrabass (1st, 2nd desk); contrabass (3rd, 4th desk)
Commissioned by: Kompositionsauftrag des Theater Kiel
 
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World Première

Location: Oper Kiel Kiel / Germany
Date: 04.05.2008
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel
Conductor: Georg Fritzsch
Scenery: Alexander Schulin
Main Soloists: Jörg Sabrowski - Lázaro; Julia Henning - María; Claudia Iten - Marta; Friedemann Kunder - Judas; Johannes An - Guardia 1 / Santiago; Steffen Doberauer - Guardia 2 / Juan; Matthias Klein - Guardia 3 / Andrés; Jooil Choi / Gavin Taylor - Malco / Simón

Work Introduction

Ever since the première of the reduced version of Don Quijote, opera lovers in Kiel have had a new favourite among the composers of our time: Cristóbal Halffter. The enthusiasm has resulted in a commission for a further opera, Lázaro, which had its eagerly awaited première on 4 May, conducted by Georg Fritzsch.

Halffter has divided the Biblical material into five scenes and filled it with life in a manner typical of his musical language. The opera revolves around life and death and tells of the (life) force which overcomes death. Despite its expansive scoring, in many places Lázaro has a chamber music character. The very lyrically written vocal parts are contrasted – as so often in Halffter’s case – with distorted quotations from ‘early’ music. The stage direction is by Alexander Schulin, as with Don Quijote.

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