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is an opera
Opera is an art form in which singers and musicians perform a dramatic work combining text and musical score, usually in a theatrical setting. Opera incorporates many of the elements of spoken theatre, such as acting, scenery, and costumes and sometimes includes dance...
by Heinz Holliger
Heinz Holliger Heinz Holliger Heinz Holliger (born 21 May 1939 is a Swiss oboist, composer and conductor.-Biography:He was born in Langenthal, Switzerland, and began his musical education at the conservatories of Bern and Basel. He studied composition with Sándor Veress and Pierre Boulez...
. He wrote the libretto
A libretto is the text used in an extended musical work such as an opera, operetta, masque, oratorio, cantata, or musical. The term "libretto" is also sometimes used to refer to the text of major liturgical works, such as mass, requiem, and sacred cantata, or even the story line of a...
based on a poetic
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text by Robert Walser
Robert Walser , was a German-speaking Swiss writer.-1878–1897:...
in iambic trimeter
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. The opera premiered on 17 October 1998 at the Zurich Opera House
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which had commissioned the work. The work is a psychoanalytical
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reworking of the fairy tale
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, analysing the complex relationships between the roles. It is not a children's opera.
||Premiere: 17 October 1998
Conductor: Heinz Holliger
|Schneewittchen (Snow White)
A soprano is a voice type with a vocal range from approximately middle C to "high A" in choral music, or to "soprano C" or higher in operatic music. In four-part chorale style harmony, the soprano takes the highest part, which usually encompasses the melody...
Juliane Banse is a German soprano and noted lieder singer. She received her vocal training at the Zürich Opera, and with Brigitte Fassbaender in Munich. She won First Prize in the singing competition of the Kulturforum in Munich in 1989. In 1989, she made her operatic debut as Pamina in Mozart's...
A mezzo-soprano is a type of classical female singing voice whose range lies between the soprano and the contralto singing voices, usually extending from the A below middle C to the A two octaves above...
The tenor is a type of male singing voice and is the highest male voice within the modal register. The typical tenor voice lies between C3, the C one octave below middle C, to the A above middle C in choral music, and up to high C in solo work. The low extreme for tenors is roughly B2...
Baritone is a type of male singing voice that lies between the bass and tenor voices. It is the most common male voice. Originally from the Greek , meaning deep sounding, music for this voice is typically written in the range from the second F below middle C to the F above middle C Baritone (or...
|There are no dwarfs.
- Scene 1
- Interlude 1-2 (Invention)
- Scene 2, part 1
- Fughetta (In Nomine Fluminis)
- Scene 2, part 2
- Interlude 2-3
- Quasi Fuga
- Scene 3
- Interlude 3-4
- Scene 4
- Interlude 4-5
- Scene 5
- Epilogue (Choral variations)