21/05/2010

Staud's condensed opera

Reading time: 1 min. Johannes Maria Staud

Johannes Maria Staud’s Berenice. Suite 1 (duration c. 28 minutes) combines elements of his opera Berenice, which premièred at the Munich Biennale in May 2004, juxtaposing different sections to create an entirely original dramatic structure.

The instrumentation is expanded by an eight-track soundtrack circling around the 19-piece ensemble, with sounds derived from a variety of metalworking machines (the Portuguese première is in Porto, 25 May, Remix Ensemble conducted by Emilio Pomàrico; electronics: Peter Böhm).

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