Duchess of Malfi, The

(2010)

by Torsten Rasch

Description
opera
Duration
72
Genres
Opera
Text
Original Work: John Webster Libretto: Ian Burton
Instrumentation
3(II+III=picc).2.ca.2.bcl.2.cbsn - 4331 - timp - perc(3): glsp/vib/xyl/t.bells/crot/tgl/claves/ratchet/sleighbells/tamb/wdbl/4 okedoh/hyoshigi/kotzumi/5 tom-t/5 log drums/small Chinese cym/2 susp.cym/gongs/2 tam-t/SD/BD - harp - cel - strings (min 12.10.8.6.5) - sampler (or SATB chorus) Sub-plot instrumentation: 1111 - 2221 - 0000
Singer(s)
Duchess (M) Ferdinand (CT) Cardinal (hB) Bosola (Bar) Julia (hS)
Languages
English
Commission
Commissioned by the English National Opera
First Performance
13.7.2010, Great Eastern Quay, London, UK: Co-production between English National Opera and Punchdrunk. Felix Barrett (Artistic Director)/Maxine Doyle (Associate Director)/Stephen Higgins (Conductor)
Availability

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'The Duchess of Malfi' reviews 2010

‘Sight, sound and smell combine to staggering effect as spectators wander through an office building, choosing which characters to follow. Their reward is a scenic tour, peppered with such hallucinogenic highlights as a forest of wire trees and naked figures in the dark. The lack of linearity heightens the atmosphere of John Webster’s macabre play. Meanwhile, Torsten Rasch’s opulent score, redolent of the composer’s idol, Alban Berg, ekes out the tension, particularly in the grand finale. It Read more

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