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Barbara Russano Hanning

Opera in a prologue and six scenes by Jacopo Peri, with assistance from Jacopo Corsi, to a libretto by Ottavio Rinuccini after Ovid’s Metamorphoses (book 1); Florence, Corsi’s palace, pre-Lenten Carnival season, 1598 (1597 old Florentine style), 1599, 1600.

This experimental musico-dramatic work, for which the music survives only partially in manuscript, and which its creators called a ...

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Opera in prologue and two acts by John Adams to a libretto by Alice Goodman based on historical events surrounding the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985; Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels, 19 March 1991.

The première was conducted by Kent Nagano, with James Maddalena as the Captain, Sanford Sylvan as Klinghoffer, Thomas Hammons as both the First Officer and ‘Rambo’ and Stephanie Friedman as Omar....

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Laura Macy

Opera in two acts by Tobias Picker to a libretto by J.D. McClatchy, based on the novel by Judith Rossner; Santa Fe Opera, 27 July 1996.

The première was conducted by George Manahan, with Patricia Racette as Emmeline, Anne-Marie Owens as Aunt Hannah, Kevin Langan as Henry Mosher, Wright Moore as Hooker, Melanie Sarakatsannis as Sophie and Curt Peterson as Matthew Gurney....

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Laura Macy

Opera in two acts with prologue, prelude and epilogue by Poul Ruders to a libretto by Paul Bentley after the novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood; Copenhagen, Royal Danish Opera, 6 March 2000.

The première was conducted by Michael Schønwandt and included the singers Marianne Rørholm as Offred, Hanne Fischer as Offred in the time before, Poul Elming as Luke, Ulla Kudsk Jensen as Offred’s mother, Anne Margreth Dahl as Aunt Lydia, Aage Haugland as The Commander, and Susanne Resmark as Serena Joy....

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Richard Toop

Opera in two acts, a greeting and a farewell by Karlheinz Stockhausen to his own libretto; Leipzig, Leipzig Opera, 28 May 1993.

Dienstag is both the shortest opera in the Licht cycle (it comprises about two and a half hours of music), and the most stylistically discrepant one. Though it is chronologically the fourth opera in the cycle, the first act – ...

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Richard Toop

Opera in a greeting and two acts with farewell by Karlheinz Stockhausen to his own libretto, Leipzig, Leipzig Opera, 12 September 1996.

The fifth part of the Licht cycle to be composed, Freitag focuses on the interaction of Eve (Eva) and Lucifer (as represented by the ‘Lucifer-emanation’ Ludon). Of all the ...

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Richard Toop

Opera in four scenes, a greeting and a farewell by Karlheinz Stockhausen to his own libretto. As yet (2007) unstaged as a whole, but all individual parts have been given semi-staged performances:

The sixth part of the Licht cycle to be composed, Mittwoch...

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Richard Toop

Opera in five scenes with a farewell by Karlheinz Stockhausen to his own libretto. As yet unstaged as a whole, but all individual parts have been given semi-staged performances:

Both the concluding part of the Licht cycle, and the seventh and last opera to be composed, ...

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Stephen Johnson

Opera in four acts by Zakhary Petrovich Paliashvili to a libretto by P. Mirianashvili after the Georgian legend Eteriani; Tbilisi, Georgian National Opera House, 21 February 1919.

Paliashvili began work on Absalom and Etery in 1909, three years after co-founding the Fraternity for the Creation of Opera in the Georgian Language. His studies with Taneyev (...

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Elizabeth Forbes

Musikalisches Lustspiel in one act by Eugen d’ Albert to a libretto by Ferdinand von Sporck after a comedy by August von Steigentesch (1828); Frankfurt, 28 October 1898.

The action takes place in late 18th-century Germany. Gilfen (baritone), whose relationship with his wife Luise (soprano) has cooled, debates whether or not to go on a long-planned but much delayed journey: an absence might help his marriage, but he is suspicious of the motives of his friend Trott (tenor) in encouraging the journey and making the necessary arrangements. Finally Gilfen pretends to leave, but returns almost at once, to discover that Trott has wasted no time before pressing his attentions on Luise. Gilfen and his wife are reconciled, while it is Trott who takes the journey he has so carefully planned....