Verratene Meer, Das (‘Treacherous Oceans’)
- Andrew Clements
Musikdrama in two parts by Hans Werner Henze, to a libretto by Hans-Ulrich Treichel, after Yukio Mishima’s Gogo no eiko; Berlin, Deutsche Oper, 5 May 1990.
Das verratene Meer was Henze’s ninth full-length opera and the third (after König Hirsch and Der junge Lord) commissioned by the Deutsche Oper. Working to a libretto that Treichel had prepared to his specifications, Henze composed the opera between 1986 and 1989. The première was conducted by Markus Stenz in a production by Götz Friedrich; Stephanie Sundine was scheduled as Fusako, but was ill and only walked through the role on the first night while it was sung offstage by Beverly Morgan. Clemens Bieber was Noboru and Andreas Schmidt Ryuji. A second production opened at the Hessisches Staatstheater, Wiesbaden, on 30 June 1990, conducted by Ulf Schirmer and directed by Alois Michael Heigl with Sigune von Osten, Roberto Saccà and Espan Fegran in the cast. Stenz conducted the Italian première at the Teatro Lirico, Milan, on ...