World Première of Medusa on November 13, 2005

We are pleased to announce the second première of the 2005/2006 season: the first performance of a work by Arnaldo de Felice, who was born in Florence in 1965.
Medusa was composed as part of a commission for the Bavarian State Opera which the young Italian won in the "Teatro Minimo" composers' competition, jointly sponsored by the Bavarian State Opera and the Zurich Opera House.

Arnaldo de Felice's compositions convey the special feeling he has for subtleties of orchestration and his extraordinary ability to conjure up orchestral colors of compelling beauty and intensity almost from nowhere. 

The Allerheiligen Hofkirche is rather an unusual choice of venue for a music theater work. For some time now the Bavarian State Opera has been using this architectural jewel designed by Leo von Klenze as a performing venue for its chamber concerts; the atmosphere and the decor make it a dramatic and fascinating setting for music theater work.  Arnaldo de Felice – who is also his own librettist – has chosen the Medusa myth here and adapted it to the present day. The pain of loss, fear of one's own self, of personal commitment and of one's mission in life, all of them part of the Medusa myth, are reflected in the fate of the opera's main character Natalia. The love of her life is murdered while she is still a young woman, and this loss drives her insane, transforming her into a Medusa – a monster filled with infinite pain. Ultimately Natalia meets a man who fascinates her, but is incapable of allowing herself to love again. It is only after a further traumatic experience that she manages to free herself from her past and continue with her life once more.  This new production has a star-studded cast that includes Stanislava Stoytcheva (a member of the Junges Ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera since the start of this year), Olga Pasichnyk, Sabina von Walther, Cynthia Jansen, Nikolay Borchev and Richard Salter.The production, by Aron Stiehl, is his second one for the Bavarian State Opera after his debut with Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Jürgen Kirner will be taking over the task of set and costume designer for the first time, and the performance will be conducted by Spaniard Enrique Mazzola, who is internationally acclaimed for his work with the contemporary repertoire.

The première will be taking place on November 13, 2005 at 8:30 P.M. in the Allerheiligen Hofkirche. Further performances are scheduled for November 16, 18 and 20, each at 7:00 P.M.
An introductory matinee will take place on November 6, 2005 in the Max-Joseph-Saal der Residenz.

October 19, 2005

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