Thursday, 5 March 2015

Today : World première of 'Solaris' by Dai Fujikura in Paris

Today, the first opera composed by Dai Fujikura, Solaris, with a libretto in English by Saburo Teshigawara after Stanislas Lem's novel, will be performed in Paris.

Solaris Fujikura 

The cast includes Sarah Tynan (soprano, Hari), Leigh Melrose (baritone, Kris Kelvin), Tom Randle (tenor, Snaut), Callum Thorpe (bass, Gibarian), and Marcus Farnsworth (baritone, off stage Kelvin). The Ensemble InterContemporain is conducted by Erik Nielsen. Saburo Teshigawara directs.
The book centers upon the themes of the nature of human memory, experience and the ultimate inadequacy of communication between human and non-human species. In probing and examining the oceanic surface of the planet Solaris from a hovering research station the human scientists are, in turn, being studied by the sentient planet itself, which probes for and examines the thoughts of the human beings who are analyzing it. Solaris has the ability to manifest their secret, guilty concerns in human form, for each scientist to personally confront. (reproduced from
The orchestra is the following :
- 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon
- 1 horn, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone
- 1 percussionist, 1 celesta, strings, and live electronics.

The opera should last about 90 minutes. It will be performed in Lille later this month, and in Lausanne in April. It is at least the fourth opera composed after Lem's novel, after Michael Obst (Munich, 1996), Henry Correggia (Torino, 2011) and Detlev Glanert (Bregenz, 2012). The work is published by Ricordi Berlin.

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