Farinelli or Die Macht der Musik
Composer: Siegfried Matthus
Librettist: Siegfried Matthus
Other Artistic Personnel: Michael Hampe, Director; Kazushi Ono, Conductor
Original Cast: Axel Köhler (Farinelli)
Premiere Date: May 29, 1998
Producing Company: Dresden Music Festival
Description: The opera unfolds the adventurous life of the castrato singer Farinelli. It explores the role of an outsider-- as artist, as castrato-- in human society. It asks from what sources the most sublime art springs and what music (art) can do (or not do) in a world going mad. The subject and treatment are very theatrical, using a rapid sequence of scenes, flashbacks, and simultaneous actions.
Chorus: SATB, Boys (SA)
Orchestration: 2 fl(picc, afl), 2 ob(Eng Hrn), 2 cl(bcl), 1 bsn - 1 tpt, 1 tbn - 2 perc - hp, edb - hpd, cel, synth - str(5 vln1, 2 vln2, 3 vla, 2 vc, 1 db)
Musical Style: Lyrical; contemporary
Contact: Breitkopf und Härtel
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