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The history of twenty-first century opera. #1927.

It was a very busy musical year, not only in opera but also in literature. The French author Henri Bergson was awarded the Nobel prize in literature. The librettos also were very high-quality most of the time.

Erich Korngold was the only one who had a hard time with his latest opera ‘Das Wunder der Heliane’. American composer and journalist Deems Taylor put himself on the shortlist of the Metropolitan for a new production and got the job. And a great succes it was!  Franz Léhar plunged into the history of tsar Peter the Great and his family with ‘Der Zarewitsch’. In short, a fascinating year in the land of opera.

In this episode fragments from:

• Ottorino Respighi- La campana sommersa
• Deems Taylor- The King’s Henchman
• Jaromír Weinberger- Švanda the Bagpiper
• Erich Wolfgang Korngold- Das Wunder der Heliane
• Franz Lehár- Der Zarewitsch

Other operas and light operas from 1927:

• Othmar Schoeck- Penthesilea
• Ralph Vaughan Williams- Riders to the Sea
• Arthur Honegger- Antigone
• Sergei Prokofiev- De vuurengel
• Paul Hindemith- Hin und zurück
• Ernst Krenek- Jonny spielt auf
• Kurt Weill- The Little Mahagonny
• Kurt Weill- Royal Palace
• Kurt Weil- Na und?
• Igor Stravinsky- Oedipus Rex
• Darius Milhaud- Le pauvre matelot
• Geoffrey Toye- The Red Pen
• Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari- Sly
• Manuel Penella- The Miracle of St. Cornelius
• Manuel Penella- The mirror of maidens
• Manuel Penella- Log of grapes or Happy New Year
• Harold Fraser-Simson- The Nightingale and the Rose
• Leon Jessel- Mädels, die man liebt
• Henry Février- Oletta
• Siegfried Wagner- Die heilige Linde
• Zacharia Palliashvilli- Latavra
• Oscar Strauss- Marietta
• Emile von Reznicek- Satuala
• Jacques Ibert- Angélique
• Franco Alfano- Madonna Imperia
• Rudolf Friml- White Eagle
• Emmerich Kálmán- Golden Dawn
• Darius Milhaud- 3 Opéras-minutes: (1) L’enlèvement d’Europe, (2) L’abandon d’Ariane, (3) La délivrance de Thésée
• Harry Lawrence Freeman- American Romance
• José Serrano Simeón- Los de Aragón
• Bohuslav Martinů- Voják a tanečnice (Soldier and Dancer)
• Marcel Delannoy- Le Poirier de misère
• Ernst Toch- Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse




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