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Opera in the 20th century

The history of twentieth century opera. 1955B.

It is the year 1955…and business is buzzing in music country. Leonard Berstein composes On the Waterfrond Symphonic Suite for orchestra and the first performance of the Danspreludes of Witold Lutoslawski (for clarinet and piano) takes place. Also for the first time is the performance of the Cello concert opus 40 by Gerald Finzi (19 July). The Theme and seven variations, the coda of Uuno Klami, Benjamin Brittens Hymn to St Peter, Stanley Bates Symphony nr. 4- were the last ones this 20 November. They pumped up the volume and opera made a come back. There are several very nice productions and although not every one of them is equally renowned or famous in the 21st century, that shouldn’t be a problem. If recordings of these pieces exist you be sure to here them on the Concertzender.


In this episode you’ll hear fragments of:

•   Carlisle Floyd- Suannah

•    Mykola Lysenko- Taras Bulba

•    Lydia Auster- Tiina (ballet) (Тійна)

Other opera-  and light opera productions from 1955:

  • Nino Rota- Il cappello di paglia di Firenze
  • Werner Egk- Irische Legende
  • Michael Tippett- The Midsummer Marriage
  • Lydia Auster- Tiina (ballet) (Тійна)
  • Ernst Krenek- Pallas Athene weint
  • Lu Zongxian- Caoyuan zhi ge 草原之歌
  • Germaine Tailleferre- Du style galant au style méchant
  • Lukas Foss- Griffelkin
  • Marc Blitzstein- Reuben, Reuben
  • Zagir Ismagilov- Salawat Yulayev
  • Frank Martin-Der Sturm
  • Hans Werner Henze- König Hirsch
  • Ikuma Dan- Kikimimizukin (The Listening Cap)
  • Louis Gruenberg- The Delicate King
  • Louis Gruenberg- Antony and Cleopatra
  • Jakov Gotovac- Đerdan
  • Norman Dello Joio- The Ruby
  • Germaine Tailleferre- Le bel ambitieux
  • Germaine Tailleferre- La fille d’opéra
  • Germaine Tailleferre- Monsieur Petitpois achete un château
  • Germaine Tailleferre- La pauvre Eugénie
  • Dmitry Kabalevsky- Nikita Vershinin
  • Robert Ward- He Who Gets Slapped



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