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Opera in the 20th century

The history of twentieth century opera. 1981A.

1981: The decade gets off to a good start, with quite a few interesting productions. Karlheinz Stockhausen begins his second part of the opera cycle ‘Light’, and Prokofiev’s one-acter ‘Maddalena’ is finally premiered, while Dmitri Shostakovich’s opera ‘de gambler’, completed by Krzysztof Meyer, has its premiere as well. And there are also some little gems to discover.

In this episode fragments of:

• Sergey Prokofiev- Maddalena
• Lee Hoiby (picture)- The Italian Lesson
• Karlheinz Stockhausen- Light (Samstag)

Other opera and operetta productions from 1981 are:

• Thomas Pasatieri- The Goose girl
• Robert Ward- Abelard and Heloise
• Dmitri Sjostakovitsj /Krzysztof Meyer- The gambler
• Stephen Oliver- The Lord of the Rings
• Thea Musgrave- An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
• Iain Hamilton- Anna Karenina
• Lorenzo Ferrero- La figlia del mago
• Michael Tariverdiev- Graf Cagliotro
• Murray Schafer- The Princess of the Stars
• Carlisle Floyd- Willie Stark
• Lorenzo Ferreo- La figlia del mago
• Salatore Sciarrino- Vanitas. Natura morta in un atto
• Einojuhani Rautavaara- The Myth of Sampo

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