Wednesday, 18 April 2018

New program books from Germany and the USA in my collection


I have recently received the following program books for recent performances of contemporary operas :


1) John Adams : Girls of the Golden West, San Francisco, November 21, 2017.
It is a 92 pages brochure. It contains :
- Richard Scheinin, Striking Gold ;
- synopsis ;
- cast and crew ;
- Alice Miller Cotter, Homeward ;
- Gary Kamiya, The Dark Side of the Gold Rush ;
- Marlene Smith-Baranzini, Louise Clappe and "Dame Shirley" in the Golden West ;
- JoAnn Levy, Inventing Lola ;
- artist profiles, with black and white headshots.
The brochure is entirely in English.

2) Jesse Broekman and Irene Galindo Quero : immer weiter, Hamburg, July 7, 2017.
It is a 24 pages booklet. It contains :
- Jana Beckmann : Bilanz im Voraus ;
- Jana Beckmann and Janina Zell : Dem Zuhören einen Freiraum schaffen, dialogue with composers Irene Galindo Quero and Jesse Broekman ;
- complete libretto ;
- complete cast and crew ;
- color photos of production.
It is entirely in German.

3) Laura Kaminsky : As One, New Orleans, June 2nd, 2017.
The opera was first performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York on September 4, 2014.
It is a 8 pages booklet. It contains :
- complete cast and crew ;
- synopsis ;
- biographies of artists with color headshots.
It is entirely in English.


4) Thomas Kürstner and Sebastian Vogel : Wahlverwandtschaften, Bremen, February 24, 2018.
It is a 64 pages booklet. It contains :
- complete cast and crew ;
- Isabelle Becker (dramaturge), Vor allem ungelöst, dialogue with director Stephan Kimmig and conductor Aki Schmitt ;
- Deborah Ziegler, Vom Aufbrechen, on Kürstner's and Vogel's theatrical works ;
- Erich Fromm : Egoismus zu zweit ;
- Robert Harrison : Paradies ;
- Gilles Clément : Sekundäre Natur ;
- Dort ist Freiheit (excerpt of Armin Petras' libretto) ;
- Simon Strauss : Planen und Träumen ;
- Hannah Fry : Mathematik der Liebe ;
- biographies of director Armin Petras and composers Thomas Kürstner and Sebastian Vogel ;
- color photos of production.
The booklet in entirely in German.

5) Ella Milch-Sheriff : Die Banalität der Liebe, Regensburg, January 27, 2018.
It is a 36 pages booklet. It contains :
- complete cast and crew ;
- synopsis ;
- Ruth Zapf (dramaturge), Ein Pakt mit dem Teufel, dialogue with composer Ella Milch-Sheriff and director Itay Tiran ;
- Martin Legros : Zwischen zwei Menschen entsteht eine Welt ;
- Catherine Newmark : Die Banalität des Bösen, dialogue with Susan Neiman ;
- Georges Bataille : Erotik und Gewalt ;
- Judith Butler : Unterwerfung des Subjekts ;
- biographies of composer Ella Milch-Sheriff, director Itay Tiran and set and costume designer Florian Etti, with color headshots ;
- color photos of production.
The booklet is entirely in German.

6) Samuel Penderbayne : I.th.Ak.A., Hamburg, April 6, 2018.
It is a 24 pages booklet. It contains :
- synopsis ;
- Johannes Blum : Nichts ist wahr, alles ist erlaubt (Nietzsche) ;
- Samuel Penderbayne : Beyoncé und Oper ;
- Es gibt keinen Raum, nur Richtungen : dialogue with director Paul-Georg Dittrich and dramaturge Johannes Blum ;
- biographies of composer Samuel Penderbayne and librettist Helmut Krausser ;
- complete cast and crew ;
- color photos of production.
It is entirely in German.

 
7) Salvatore Sciarrino : La porta della legge, Braunschweig, January 12, 2018.
The opera was first performed in Wuppertal on April 25, 2009. In Braunschweig it is the first part of a double bill performance, followed by Kurt Weill's Die sieben Todsünden.
It is a 32 pages booklet. It contains :
- complete cast and crew ;
- synopsis ;
- Sarah Grahneis (dramaturge) : dialogue with director Aniara Amos and conductors Alexis Agrafiotis and Ivan Lopez Reynoso ;
- Salvatore Sciarrino, Notizen zu "La Porta" ;
- storyboard zu "La porta della legge" ;
- Sarah Grahneis, Die Illusion von Freiheit ;
- biographies of artists ;
- color photos of the production.
The entire booklet is in German.

8) Michael Wertmüller : Weine nicht, singe, Hamburg, September 20, 2015.
It is a 24 pages booklet. It contains :
- synopsis ;
- Johannes Blum and Emilia Linda Heinrich : Den Splitter im Kopf, den Feind im Herzen - das bin ich nicht ;
- Alles muss in eine tobende Ordnung gebracht werden (Antonin Artaud), interview with conductor Titus Engel, director Jette Steckel, set designer Florian Lösche and costume designer Pauline Hüners ;
- complete cast and crew ;
- color photos of production.
It is entirely in German.

I now have 533 program books for contemporary operas. I have scanned all covers and uploaded them to this flickr folder.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Today : world première of 'I.th.Ak.A.' by Samuel Penderbayne in Hamburg


Today, the Staatsoper Hamburg presents the world première of I.th.Ak.A., an opera by Australian composer Samuel Penderbayne, with a libretto by Helmut Krausser.


It is the composer's first opera.
Ulysses in search of his island. Crossing the border between sea and land and setting foot on Ithaka is to restore his freedom, to liberate him from chaos, murder and lies. Ulysses is a clever navigator between the world of ghosts, lemurs and nightmarish creatures. Just like Juli, the main protagonist of this opera (as in “Ulysses”, pronounced in English and abbreviated), who is incarcerated in a correctional facility and has access to a computer because she administers the archives. Juli searches for a way out on the internet. She encounters cyber-creatures, humanoid artefacts, automated apps. They claim an “identity,” apparently willing to help Juli, but she cannot be sure. Cyber-bodies communicate, suggesting skin contact. Finally, the dark net opens, there is hope of crossing the border. Ithaka seems to be an underground organisation. (reproduced from the Staatsoper Hamburg website).
The cast includes soprano Lini Gong (Juli), tenor Peter Galliard (Cyclops / Borgo), mezzo Renate Spingler (Circe), and bass Bruno Vargas (Dark). Barbara Kler conducts the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg. Paul-Georg Dittrich directs.

The opera is performed at the 'Opera stabile' and the performance should last about 90 minutes.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

New scores of contemporary operas in my collection


Since October 2014, I have acquired 50 new scores of contemporary operas. Here they are :


- John Adams : A Flowering Tree, full score, Hendon Music, 2006, 377 p.
It contains : the plot, cast, table of contents and detailed orchestral setting.
- John Adams : El Niño, full score, Hendon Music, 2000, 382 p.
It contains : instrumentation, table of contents.
- Thomas Adès : Powder Her Face, full score, Faber Music, 2015, 549 p.
It contains : characters with complete cast for the first performance (London, Almeida Theatre, July 5, 1995), Ensemble, Percussion requirements, Performance notes, Scenes, Synopsis (5 pages)


- Gerald Barry : The Importance of Being Earnest, full score, Schott Music, 312 p.
It contains : casts for first concert performance (Los Angeles, CA, April 7, 2011) and first staged performance (Nancy, March 17, 2013), characters, instrumentation, performance notes.
- Giorgio Battistelli : Prova d'orchestra, full score (facsimile), Ricordi, 1997, 356 p.
It contains the full orchestral setting.
- George Benjamin : Written on Skin, full score, Faber Music, 2015, 401 p.
It contains : cast for the first performance (Aix-en-Provence, July 7, 2012), characters, instrumentation, percussion requirements, percussion distribution by player, performance notes, synopsis.


- Luciano Berio : Cronaca del luogo, full score (facsimile), Ricordi, 1999, 229 p.
It contains : characters, instrumentation.
- Luciano Berio : Outis, full score (facsimile), Ricordi, 1996, 357 p.
It contains : instrumentation, characters.
- Philippe Boesmans : Julie, full score, Ricordi, 2004, 385 p.
It contains : characters and instrumentation.


- Philippe Boesmans : Reigen, full score (facsimile), Ricordi, 2003, 451 p.
It contains : characters with vocal ranges, instrumentation
- Hans-Jürgen von Bose : Schlachhot V, full score, Ricordi, 1995, 508 p.
It contains : date of the world première performance (Munich, July 1, 1996), characters, instrumentation.
- Luc Brewaeys : L'Uomo dal fiore in bocca, full score, Donemus, 2014, 83 p.
It contains : cast for the first performance (Brussels, February 9, 2007), scoring, performance note.


- Elliott Carter : What Next ?, full score, Boosey & Hawkes, 2011, 281 p.
It contains : characters, situation, percussion key, orchestra and soloists.
- Azio Corghi : Il dissoluto assolto, full score, Ricordi, 2004, XVI - 311 p.
It contains : characters, instrumentation, details of the percussion section, complete libretto in Italian.
- Randal Corsen : Katibu di Shon, full score, Donemus, 2013, 259 p.
It contains : scoring and duration.


- Peter Eötvös : Lady Sarashina, full score, Ricordi, 2007, 223 p.
It contains : complete cast for the world première performance (Lyon, March 4, 2008), orchestration, technical requirements, list of percussion instruments.
- Scott Eyerly : The House of the Seven Gables, vocal score, Bill Holab Music, 2001, 455 p.
It contains : setting, thumbnail sketch, scenes, principals, supporting roles, production notes, optional cuts, cast for the world première (Manhattan School of Music, NY, December 6, 2000), instrumentation, detailed synopsis, contents (13 pages altogether).
- Luca Francesconi : Ballata, full score (2 volumes, facsimile), Ricordi, 2002, 491 p.
It contains : contents, orchestration, characters.


- Osvaldo Golijov : Ainadamar, full score, Boosey & Hawkes, 2003, 209 p.
It contains : contents, instrumentation, approximate duration.
- Micha Hamel : Snow White, full score (3 volumes), Donemus, 2007, 639 p.
It contains : complete cast for the world première performance (Nationale Reisopera, January 2008), duration, the complete libretto (in English), the detailed scoring.
- Jake Heggie : Dead Man Walking, full score, Bnt Pen Music, 2004, 2 volumes, 543 p.
Additionnal information include : cast of the first performance (San Francisco, October 7, 2000), orchestration, cast of characters, contents with setting and characters.
 

- Jake Heggie : The End of the Affair, full score, Bent Pen Music, 2009, 2 volumes, 612 p.
The first volume gives the following information : orchestration, cast for the world première performance (Houston, March 4, 2004), characters, and contents.
- Jake Heggie : Moby-Dick, vocal score, Bent Pen Music, 2011, 586 p.
It contains : cast for the the world première (Dallas, April 30, 2010), cast of characters, contents.
- Jake Heggie : Three Decembers, full score, Bent Pen Music, 2013, 171 p.
It contains : cast for the first performance (Houston, February 29, 2008), instrumentation, characters, time and place.


- Bo Holten : Gesualdo - Shadows, full score, Edition Wilhelm Hansen, 2014, 119 + 122 p.
The score contains no additional information about the work.
- Bo Holten : Livlægens Besøg (The Visit of the Royal Physician), full score (2 volumes, facsimile), Edition Wilhelm Hansen, 2009, 440 p.
The score contains no additional information about the work.
- Guus Janssen : Noach, full score (2 volumes), Donemus, 1998, 299 p.
It contains : contents, cast, instrumentation, duration.


 - Willem Jeths : Hôtel de Pékin - Dreams for a Dragon Queen, full score (2 volumes), Muziek Centrum Nederland, 2010, 179 + 98 p.
It contains : instrumentation, cast, duration.
- Niels Marthinsen, Skriftestolen (The Confessional), full score (2 volumes), Edition Wilhelm Hansen, 2006, 623 p.
It contains : characters, contents, instrumentation.
- Niels Marthinsen, Snehvides Spejl (Snow White's Mirror), full score (2 volumes), Edition Wilhelm Hansen, 2011, 454 p.
It contains : contents, characters, duration, instrumentation.


- Martijn Padding, Laika, full score (4 volumes), Stichting Donemus Beheer, 2013, 121 + 66 + 95 + 79 p.
It contains : contents, duration, characters, instrumentation.
- Stephen Paulus : The Postman always Rings Twice, full score (2 volumes, facsimile), Schott, 1982,
475 p.
It contains : cast, places, orchestration, a note on the set, contents with description.
- Tobias Picker : Dolores Claiborne, full score (2 volumes), Schott Helicon Music Corporation, 2013,
252 + 185 p.
It contains : composer's note, complete cast for the world première performance (San Francisco,
September 18, 2013), table of contents, instrumentation, cast of characters.


- Tobias Picker : Emmeline, full score (2 volumes), Schott Helicon Music Corporation, 1996, 213 + 219 p.
It contains : places of action, characters, instrumentation.
- Tobias Picker : Fantastic Mr. Fox, full score (2 volumes), Schott Helicon Music Corporation, 1998,
379 p.
It contains : cast of creatures, instrumentation, table of contents.
- Tobias Picker : Thérèse Raquin, full score (2 volumes), Schott Helicon Music Corporation, 2002, 432 p.
The score contains no additional information about the work.


- Kevin Puts : Silent Night, full score, Aperto Press, 2011, 249 p.
It contains : cast, contents, instrumentation, cast for the world première (Saint Paul, MN, November 12, 2011), creative team.
- Aribert Reimann : Melusine, full score, Schott, 2017, 409 p.
It contains : characters, instrumentation, duration, table of contents.
- Poul Ruders : Kafka's Trial, full score (2 volumes), Edition Wilhelm Hansen, 2014, 559 p.
It contains : orchestra, scene breakdown, characters, abbreviations.


- Salvatore Sciarrino : Lohengrin, full score (facsimile), Ricordi, 1984, 5 + 131 p.
It contains : characters, instrumentation, symbols and performance notes.
- Salvatore Sciarrino : Luci mie traditrici, full score, Ricordi, 1998, XIV - 276 p.
It contains : table of contents, instrumentation, characters, complete libretto (in Italian), technical notes for the performance.
- Salvatore Sciarrino : Macbeth, full score, Ricordi, 2001, 373 p.
It contains : introduction by the composer, characters, instrumentation, table of contents, technical notes for the performance.


- Rodion Shechedrin : Boyarina Morozova, full score, Schott, 2008, 167 p.
It contains : cast for the world première performance (Moscow, October 30, 2006), characters, instrumentation, duration, complete libretto in German and in English.
- Rodion Shchedrin : A Christmas Tale, full score, Schott, 2017, 394 p.
It contains : cast for the world première performance (Saint Petersburg, December 26, 2015), characters, orchestra, table of contents, complete libretto in Russian, English and German.
- Rodion Shchedrin : The Left-Hander, full score, Schott, 2014, 302 p.
It contains : dates of concert and staged premières (Saint Petersburg, June 26 and July 27, 2013), characters, orchestra, table of contents, complete libretto in English (separate booklet).


- Marijn Simons : Emilia Galotti, full score (2 volumes), Stichting Donemus Beheer, 311 p.
It contains : cast for the world première performance (Koblenz, October 25, 2014), duration, characters, instrumentation, play modes.
- Giuseppe Sinopoli : Lou Salomé, full score (facsimile), Casa Ricordi, 1980, 257 p.
The score contains no additional information about the work.
- Mikis Theodorakis : Medea, full score (2 volumes), Schott, 2014, 388 + 407 p.
It contains : date of first performance (Bilbao, October1st, 1991), duration, details of recording (Wergo), instrumentation, characters, table of contents, detailed synopsis in English, Greek, German and French.


- Michael Torke : Strawberry Fields, full score, Adjustable Music, 2005, 135 p.
It contains : cast, instrumentation, first performance (Cooperstown, NY, July 17, 1999).
- Huw Watkins : In the Locked Room, full score, Schott, 2012, 154 p.
It contains : date of the first performance (Edinburgh, August 30, 2012), duration, characters, instrumentation.

I now have 95 scores of contemporary operas. I have catalogued all my books, opera recordings and scores on LibraryThing. Here is the link to the scores collection.