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Heart Sutra

Heart Sutra

Chamber opera in 4 scenes and a prologue

based on the short story of the same name

and the poem "The Love of a Falling Leaf" by Zhang Ailing

Libretto by Joyce Chiou


  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English

 
Description
My chamber opera Heart Sutra is based on the short story of the same name by the legendary author Eileen Chang, a mysterious tale of love set in Shanghai during the 1930s. I must confess to becoming addicted to Chang, who is surely the most significant author of the twentieth century in the Chinese-speaking world. Her stories often centre around fascinating female protagonists, and the background to these stories – mainly set in Shanghai or Hong Kong during the 1930s to 1940s – provides plenty of scope for the creation of a suspension-packed musical work for the stage. I am overjoyed to be able to premiere Heart Sutra in Taipei, especially since – though the chamber opera is a self-contained work – it is the prelude to a future large-scale opera based on another of Chang’s stories. Christian Jost
Details
Auftragswerk : Auftragswerk des Taiwan International Festival
Performance duration: 50'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 2. März 2013 Taipei, National Concert Hall (TW) · Li-Chin Huang, soprano; Ling-Hui Lin, Frau; Jo-Pei Weng and Fernando Wang, Mann · Dirigent: Christian Jost · National Symphony Orchestra · Inszenierung: Huan-Hsiung Li · Bühnenbild: Wei-Wen Chang
Year of composition: 2012
instrumentation: S. (Vibr. · Marimba) (1 Spieler) - Str.
occupation: Daughter/Hsu Xiao-han · Sopran - Girl Friend/Ling-chin · Sopran - Mother/Mrs. Hsu · Mezzosopran - Boy Friend/Gong Hai-li · Tenor
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
Conductor: Anton Lee-Stein
Orchestra: Studierende der Hochschule für Musik Würzburg
2020-06-03 | Würzburg (Germany), Hochschule für Musik, Theatersaal — 19:30
Conductor: Anton Lee-Stein
Orchestra: Studierende der Hochschule für Musik Würzburg
2020-06-02 | Würzburg (Germany), Hochschule für Musik, Theatersaal — 19:30
Conductor: Anton Lee-Stein
Orchestra: Studierende der Hochschule für Musik Würzburg
2020-05-30 | Würzburg (Germany), Hochschule für Musik, Theatersaal — 19:30
Conductor: Anton Lee-Stein
Orchestra: Studierende der Hochschule für Musik Würzburg
2020-05-29 | Würzburg (Germany), Hochschule für Musik, Theatersaal — 19:30 | First Night
Conductor: Jonathan Kaell
Orchestra: United Instruments of Lucilin
2017-12-10 | Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Théâtre National — 17:00
Conductor: Jonathan Kaell
Orchestra: United Instruments of Lucilin
2017-12-07 | Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Théâtre National — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Johannes Witt
2017-07-06 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), Pfalztheater, Werkstattbühne
Conductor: Johannes Witt
2017-07-04 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), Pfalztheater, Werkstattbühne
Conductor: Johannes Witt
2017-07-02 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), Pfalztheater, Werkstattbühne
Conductor: Johannes Witt
2017-06-30 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), Pfalztheater, Werkstattbühne
Conductor: Johannes Witt
2017-06-23 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), Pfalztheater, Werkstattbühne
Conductor: Johannes Witt
2017-06-18 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), Pfalztheater, Werkstattbühne | national Premiere
Conductor: Christian Jost
Orchestra: National Symphony Orchestra
2013-03-02 | Taipei (Taiwan), National Concert Hall — 19:30 | World Premiere
My chamber opera Heart Sutra is based on the short story of the same name by the legendary author Eileen Chang, a mysterious tale of love set in Shanghai during the 1930s. I must confess to becoming addicted to Chang, who is surely the most significant author of the twentieth century in the Chinese-speaking world. Her stories often centre around fascinating female protagonists, and the background to these stories – mainly set in Shanghai or Hong Kong during the 1930s to 1940s – provides plenty of scope for the creation of a suspension-packed musical work for the stage. I am overjoyed to be able to premiere Heart Sutra in Taipei, especially since – though the chamber opera is a self-contained work – it is the prelude to a future large-scale opera based on another of Chang’s stories. Christian Jost
Auftragswerk : Auftragswerk des Taiwan International Festival
Performance duration: 50'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 2. März 2013 Taipei, National Concert Hall (TW) · Li-Chin Huang, soprano; Ling-Hui Lin, Frau; Jo-Pei Weng and Fernando Wang, Mann · Dirigent: Christian Jost · National Symphony Orchestra · Inszenierung: Huan-Hsiung Li · Bühnenbild: Wei-Wen Chang
Year of composition: 2012
instrumentation: S. (Vibr. · Marimba) (1 Spieler) - Str.
occupation: Daughter/Hsu Xiao-han · Sopran - Girl Friend/Ling-chin · Sopran - Mother/Mrs. Hsu · Mezzosopran - Boy Friend/Gong Hai-li · Tenor
Delivery rights: worldwide
Conductor: Anton Lee-Stein
Orchestra: Studierende der Hochschule für Musik Würzburg
2020-06-03 | Würzburg (Germany), Hochschule für Musik, Theatersaal — 19:30
Conductor: Anton Lee-Stein
Orchestra: Studierende der Hochschule für Musik Würzburg
2020-06-02 | Würzburg (Germany), Hochschule für Musik, Theatersaal — 19:30
Conductor: Anton Lee-Stein
Orchestra: Studierende der Hochschule für Musik Würzburg
2020-05-30 | Würzburg (Germany), Hochschule für Musik, Theatersaal — 19:30
Conductor: Anton Lee-Stein
Orchestra: Studierende der Hochschule für Musik Würzburg
2020-05-29 | Würzburg (Germany), Hochschule für Musik, Theatersaal — 19:30 | First Night
Conductor: Jonathan Kaell
Orchestra: United Instruments of Lucilin
2017-12-10 | Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Théâtre National — 17:00
Conductor: Jonathan Kaell
Orchestra: United Instruments of Lucilin
2017-12-07 | Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Théâtre National — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Johannes Witt
2017-07-06 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), Pfalztheater, Werkstattbühne
Conductor: Johannes Witt
2017-07-04 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), Pfalztheater, Werkstattbühne
Conductor: Johannes Witt
2017-07-02 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), Pfalztheater, Werkstattbühne
Conductor: Johannes Witt
2017-06-30 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), Pfalztheater, Werkstattbühne
Conductor: Johannes Witt
2017-06-23 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), Pfalztheater, Werkstattbühne
Conductor: Johannes Witt
2017-06-18 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), Pfalztheater, Werkstattbühne | national Premiere
Conductor: Christian Jost
Orchestra: National Symphony Orchestra
2013-03-02 | Taipei (Taiwan), National Concert Hall — 19:30 | World Premiere