Luciano Berio: Opera

Luciano Berio Opera
Opera

Luciano Berio: Opera

Year of composition:
1969-1970/1977
Subtitle:
in 2 acts
Composer:
Luciano Berio
Original language:
Italian
Translator:
Luciano Berio; Céline Zins
Librettist:
Luciano Berio (11.08.1970); Vittoria Ottolenghi
Roles:
13 actors, 2 sopranos, 1 tenor, 1 baritone
Choir:
Vokalensemble 2 2 2 2 / Kinder
Instrumentation:
2 2 3 2 - 3 3 3 1 - perc(5), pno(2), e.org, alto sax, t.sax, e.guit, vln(12), vla(10), vc(10), cb(8) - on stage: fl, cl, perc, pno, vln(1), vc(1), cb(1)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe (+c.a)
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
3rd clarinet in Bb (+bass cl)
alto saxophone in Eb
tenor saxophone in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
bass tuba
percussion(3)
marimba
vibraphone (+xyl)
1st piano
2nd piano
electric organ
electric guitar
violin(12)
viola(10)
violoncello(10)
contrabass(8) - on stage: flute
clarinet
percussion
piano
violin(1)
violoncello(1)
contrabass(1)
Duration:
90’
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Audiosamples

Opera
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The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

Work introduction

When Berio decided to write a libretto in 1957 about the sinking of the Titanic, it was called a rappresentazione. However, before he completed it, he realised that it was not going to meet the requirements of traditional musical theatre. Over the next 12 – 13 years, he created “Opera” (plural of “opus”), wherein the Titanic tragedy no longer figures; there is no longer a plot in this “non-story.” So there is no libretto, either; the words, like the music, are part of the score.

The material consists of three layers, all of them simultaneously present – the ship sinking slowly, the production of the Open Theatre, entitled “Terminal” (= fatal, as in an illness) and the Orpheus myth (which includes fragments of Alessandro Striggio’s libretto for Monteverdi’s Orfeo).

Special prints

Opera

Luciano Berio: Opera

full score
, 90’
Instr.: 2 2 3 2 - 3 3 3 1 - perc(5), pno(2), e.org, alto sax, t.sax, e.guit, vln(12), vla(10), vc(10), cb(8) - on stage: fl, cl, perc, pno, vln(1), vc(1), cb(1)

World première

Location:
Opernhaus, Santa Fe (US)
Date:
12.08.1970
Conductor:
Dennis Russell Davies
Main soloists:
Open Theatre Ensemble, Emily Tracy, Barbara Shuttleworth, Douglas Perry, Richard Lombardi

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