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Opera in the 20th century

The history of twentieth century opera. 1957A

The year 1957, a year with many premieres of new works in classical music. There was the Second Horn Concerto by Malcolm Arnold, Luciano Berio’s Mutazioni, Charles Ives’ First String Quartet, Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Eleventh Keyboard Piece, Iannis Xenakis’ Pithoprakta, and Igor Stravinsky’s Agon. There were at least as many new compositions which saw the light of day: the Orchestral Variations by Aaron Copland, the Requiem for Strings by Toru Takemitsu, the Fourth Symphony by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, and the Concerto for Orchestra by Ennio Morricone.
A lot of new works in the world of opera, where the tradition is gradually being thrown overboard and everyone is acting in a way they see fit. This could sometimes lead to beautiful things. Are you listening?

In this episode excerpts from:

  • Paul Hindemith- Die Harmonie der Welt
  • Vissarion Shebalin- The Taming of the Shrew (Укрощение строптивой)
  • Carlos Chávez- The Visitors


Other opera and operatta productions from 1957:

  • Ernst Krenek- The Bell Tower
  • Wolfgang Fortner- Bluthochzeit
  • Benjamin Britten- Noye’s Fludde
  • Giselbe Klebe- Die Räuber
  • Mark Bucci- Tale for a Deaf Ear
  • Benjamin Britten- Noye’s Fludde
  • Gian Franceso Malipiero- Venere Prigioniera
  • Werner Egk- Der Revisor
  • Francis Poulenc- Dialogues des Carmelites
  • Albert Szirmai- Tabáni legenda
  • Tichon Chrennikov- The Mother (Мать)
  • Heorhiy Maiboroda- Mylana (Милана)
  • Heinrich Sutermeister- Le Théâtre du Monde
  • Yuliy Meitus- Зоря над Двіною
  • Domonick Argento- The Boor
  • Dmitry Kabalevsky- Song of Spring
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