Boris Blacher: Romeo and Juliet

Boris Blacher Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet

Boris Blacher: Romeo and Juliet

Year of composition:
1943
Composer:
Boris Blacher
Text adapter:
Boris Blacher
Writer of pre-existing text:
William Shakespeare
Choir:
SATB (2- oder 3-fach besetzt)
Instrumentation details:
fl., bs. - tpt. - pno. - string quintet
Scenery:
1
Duration:
65’
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Work introduction

In 1943, at UE’s request, Boris Blacher composed Romeo und Juliet, a chamber opera in 3 parts, freely adapted from Shakespeare. Blacher took excerpts of the play, which are essential to the storyline – producing a concentrated version of Romeo and Juliet, which, through the music, aims more at allegory than pity. Blacher’s music is characterised by an economy of material, transparency and a draughtsmen’s clarity.

Next performances

08 Feb

Romeo and Juliet

Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse, Lyon (FR)

09 Feb

Romeo and Juliet

Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse, Lyon (FR)

10 Feb

Romeo and Juliet

Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse, Lyon (FR)

12 Feb

Romeo and Juliet

Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse, Lyon (FR)

13 Feb

Romeo and Juliet

Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse, Lyon (FR)

World première

Location:
Salzburger Landestheater, Salzburg (AT)
Date:
09.08.1950
Orchestra:
Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor:
Felix Krieger
Main soloists:
Richard Holm, Romeo; Hilde Güden, Julia; Sieglinde Wagner, Lady Capulet; Dagmar Hermann, Die Amme; Hermann Uhde, Capulet; Josef Witt, Tybalt; Kurt Böhme, Benvolio; Erich Majkut, Peter; Hans Thimig, Richard Tomaselli, Hugo Lindinger, Drei Musikanten

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