Friday, 23 January 2015

Today : world première of Pelle Gudmunsen-Holmgreen's first opera in Copenhagen

Today, the first opera of Danish composer Pelle Gudmunsen-Holmgreen will be performed in Copenhagen, on the small stage of the Danish National Opera (Takkelloftet, 200 seats).

The title of the opera is Sol går op, sol går ned (Sun goes up, sun goes down) and it is described by the composer as a stage symphony with singers, actors, dancers and musicians. The libretto in Danish is inspired by the Song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes from the Old Testament.

The cast includes soprano Aileen Itani (Sulamith), baritone Andreas Landin (Young Salomo), bass Sten Byriel (Old Salomo), the actors Hadi Ka-Koush, Ida Cæcilie Rasmussen, Lado Hadzic, Lars Knutzon, the dancers Vigdis Hentze Olsen abd Alexandre Bourdat. Jakob Hultberg conducts and Eva-Maria Melbye directs.

The ochestra consists of 1 clarinet, 3 trombones, percussion, electric guitar, bass guitar, violin, viola and violoncello. There is also a 4 voices chorus. The opera is published by Wilhelm Hansen.

The opera should last about 85 minutes, not including a 25 minutes interval. There is no broadcast planned yet.

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