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Wolfgang Rihm: Proserpina

  • A monodrama (2008)
  • for soprano, choir and chamber orchestra
  • 2 1 2 1 - 2 1 0 1 - perc, vib, hp, vln, vln, vla, vc(2), cb
  • Duration: 75’
  • Soloists:
  • Instrumentation details:
    oboe (+c.a)
    1st clarinet in A
    2nd clarinet in A (+bass cl(Bb))
    bassoon (+cbsn)
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    1st violin
    2nd violin
    1st violoncello
    2nd violoncello
    piccolo (+Fernensemble)
    trumpet (+Fernensemble)
    bass tuba (+Fernensemble)
  • Roles: Proserpina: hoher Sopran
  • Composer: Wolfgang Rihm


The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

Next performances

World première

Rokokotheater, Schwetzingen (DE)
RSO Stuttgart
Jonathan Stockhammer
Main soloists:
Mojca Erdmann, S

Press reviews

"The work is a tour de force for soprano, positively awash in lyricism: for at least half of its 45-minute length, limpid, flowing Straussian melody." (James R. Oestreich, The New York Times)

"Rihm's music is not about the spiritual anguish of a lost world; it is about rediscovery. It is about the responsibility every artist has to redefine communication and, in the process, to redefine what touches an audience, not just to harp on what pushes it away." (Fernando Rivas, Charleston City Paper)

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