Opera in the 20th century

The history of twentieth century opera. 1984A.

1984: there is no escaping modernism. It existed, but not in a permanent and settled way. There is minimalism too. Philip Glass’ best years are yet to come, but he is already producing entertaining and unconventional operas. Also less famous names are producing quirky pieces.

Picture: Peter Schickele

This episode features fragments of:

  • Peter Schickele- The Abduction of Figaro
  • Philip Glass- Akhnaten
  • Aribert Reimann-  Die Gespenstersonate 


Other opera  and operetta productions from 1984 are: 

  • Dominick Argento-  Casanova’s Homecoming
  • Ādolfs Skulte – Pasaka par muļķa pelēnu (The fable of the foolish mouse)
  • Stephen Oliver- Beauty and the Beast
  • Conrad Suza-  The Love of Don Perlimplin
  • Philip Glass- The Civil Wars
  • Aulis Sallinen-  Kuningas lähtee Ranskaan
  • Rudolf Kelterborn- Der Kirschgarten
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen- Samstag aus Licht
  • Salvatore Sciarrino- Lohengrin
  • Christopher Yavelow- The Passion of Vincent van Gogh
  • Luigi Nono- Prometeo
  • Marc Sleen- Het rattenkasteel (opera for children)
  • Claudio Berio- Un re in ascolto (The king is listening)
  • Vladimir Kobekin- The Prophet (Пророк)
  • Daron Hagen- A Walt Whitman Requiem
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