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Donald Macleod gives opera a health-check, and finds it to be alive and well in the 21st century, featuring works by Birtwistle, Dillon, Andriessen, Harvey and Stockhausen.

In conversation with novelist, critic and opera librettist Paul Griffiths, Donald Macleod gives opera a health-check, and finds it to be alive and well in the 21st century. Today they consider works by Harrison Birtwistle, James Dillon, Louis Andriessen, Jonathan Harvey and Karlheinz Stockhausen that either draw on or create their own myth.

Harrison Birtwistle
The Minotaur: Scene 5, extract
John Tomlinson, bass (The Minotaur)
Rebecca Bottone, soprano (First Innocent / Young Woman #1)
Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Antonio Pappano, conductor

James Dillon
Philomela: Act 3 scene 3 - The Violation
Anu Komsi, soprano (Philomela)
Remix Ensemble
Jurjen Hempel, conductor

Louis Andriessen
La Commedia: Part IV - The Garden of Earthly Delights, excerpt
Marcel Beekman, tenor (Casella)
Cristina Zavalloni, voice (Dante)
Asko Ensemble
Schönberg Ensemble
Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor

Jonathan Harvey
Wagner Dream: Scene 8, excerpt
Claire Booth (Prakriti)
Rebecca de Pont Davies (Mother)
Richard Angas (Old Brahmin)
Gordon Gietz (Ananda)
Dale Duesing (Buddha)
Johann Leysen, speaker (Wagner)
Bracha van Doesburgh, speaker (Carrie Pringle)
Ictus Ensemble
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

Karlheinz Stockhausen
Düfte - Zeichen (Scents - Signs), for 7 vocalists, boy's voice and synthesizer, from Sonntag aus Licht; excerpt
Isolde Siebert, high soprano
Ksenija Lukič, soprano
Susanne Otto, alto
Hubert Mayer, high tenor
Bernhard Gärtner, tenor
Jonathan de la Paz Zaens, baritone
Nicholas Isherwood, bass
Antonio Pérez Abellán, synthesizer
Karlheinz Stockhausen, musical supervision and sound projection.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    The Minotaur - Scene 5, extract

    Singer: John Tomlinson. Singer: Rebecca Bottone. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • BBC Recording.
  • James Dillon

    Philomela - Act 3 scene 3: The Violation

    Singer: Anu Komsi. Ensemble: Remix Ensemble. Conductor: Jurjen Hempel.
    • DILLON - Hempel - Philomela.
    • AEON.
    • 9.
  • Louis Andriessen

    La Commedia - Part IV The Garden of Earthly Delights, extract

    Performer: Orchester De Nederlandse Opera. Performer: Reinbert de Leeuw. Ensemble: Netherlands Schoenberg Ensemble. Ensemble: Asko Ensemble. Singer: Cristina Zavalloni.
    • La Commedia.
    • NONESUCH.
    • 2.
  • Jonathan Harvey

    Wagner Dream - Scene 8, extract Since my life is worth nothing ...

    Ensemble: Ictus Ensemble. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins. Singer: Claire Booth. Singer: Rebecca de Pont Davies. Singer: Richard Angas. Singer: Gordon Gietz. Singer: Dale Duesing.
    • Wagner Dream.
    • CYPRES.
    • 1.
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen

    Sonntag Aus Licht - Düfte - Zeichen

    Singer: Isolde Siebert. Singer: Susanne Otto. Singer: Hubert Mayer. Singer: Bernhard Gartner. Singer: Nicholas Isherwood. Singer: Ksenija Lukič. Singer: Jonathan de la Paz Zaens. Conductor: Karlheinz Stockhausen.
    • Complete Stockhausen Edition.
    • STOCKHAUSEN-VERLAG.
    • 1.

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