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Senza sangue

Senza sangue

Oper in einem Akt

nach der gleichnamigen Novelle von Alessandro Baricco

Libretto von Mari Mezei


  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: Italian

Description

SYNOPSIS


Peter Eötvös has composed his opera Senza sangue after the eponymous novel by Alessandro Baricco. Mari Mezei’s libretto is based on the concluding portion of the novel, and tells the story of a single dramatic encounter. During a civil war, a man and his companions killed the entire family of a certain young girl. The plot of the one-act opera spans many decades, from the moment where the girl looks in the eyes of the twenty-year-old boy who has shot her father but spared her own life, until their new encounter many decades later. After the tragedy, the woman spent her whole life in some kind of schizophrenic state, looking at herself as an outside observer. She reputedly killed, or arranged the killing of, her father’s murderers, except for the man who had saved her. They both knew all along they had to meet again, but didn’t know what this encounter would bring after so many years. In the course of their conversation, the story takes a new turn. The woman has not come to avenge herself but to be saved by the man once again. She longs to relive that glance from long ago: ‚He who has saved us once, can do so again and again.‘


COMMENTARY


Peter Eötvös composed Senza sangue as a work to be coupled with Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. As Eötvös remarked, he shares a musical ‚native language‘ with his compatriot. His composition relates to the famous single-act opera not only in its atmosphere but also right down to the cast and orchestration. Eötvös employs a pair of singers with the same voice ranges as Bartók – mezzo soprano and baritone – and the instrumentation is also identical apart from the organ which is not employed in Eötvös’s opera. He has also searched for parallels regarding the plot. In both works, a couple features who are confronted with the demons of the past. In contrast to Bartók, the woman does not discover the secret of her husband, but shares it with him. Both man and woman are elements of a recondite story. Whereas Bartók’s couple becomes the victim of the deeds of the man, Eötvös’s figures show how a traumatic past can be transformed in a totally unexpected way, together on an equal footing. At the same time, many questions remain unanswered. Peter Eötvös writes: ‘Can murder be excused by the belief in a better world? Can revenge save a broken life? Was the fight for a better world in vain if it did not succeed? There are no answers, but the man and woman are aware that their lives have become inextricably intertwined since that fateful day; only through each other can they ever hope to make life meaningful again. This is beautifully symbolised by the old woman’s hope to have her good reputation and identity restored and obliterate the past through her encounter with the man.’ Peter Eötvös

Details
Auftragswerk : Kompositionsauftrag von KölnMusik und New York Philharmonic
Performance duration: 50'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 1. Mai 2015 Köln, Philharmonie (D) ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln 2015 · Anne Sofie von Otter, Mezzosopran; Russell Braun, Bariton · Dirigent: Alan Gilbert · New York Philharmonic (konzertante Uraufführung)

15. Mai 2016 Avignon, Opéra Grand (F) Festival d'Avignon 2016 · Dirigent: Peter Eötvös · Orchestre Region Avignon-Provence · Inszenierung: Róbert Alföldi · Kostüme: Danièle Barraud · Bühnenbild: Emmanuelle Favre (szenische Uraufführung)
Year of composition: 2014-2015, rev. 2016
instrumentation: 4 (2. auch Altfl., 3. und 4. auch Picc.) · 2 · Engl. Hr. · 3 (in A, 3. auch Kb.-Klar.) · 3 · Kfg. - 4 · 4 (4. auch Flhr.) · 3 · Basspos. · 1 - P. S. (I: 2 Crot. · Xyl. · Röhrengl. · Trgl. · 2 hg. Beck. · chin. Beck. · gr. Tr. · Guiro · Cabasa [Metall]; II: Glsp. · 8 Crot. · Trgl. · hg. Beck. [Tenor] · 3 Burma Gongs [Fis, Gis, cis] · Tamt. · Tamb. [Alt, mit Schellen] · Mar.) (2 Spieler) - 2 Hfn. · Cel. - Str. (12 · 10 · 8 · 6 · 4 [2 fünfsaitig])
occupation: La Donna · Mezzosopran - L'Uomo · lyrischer Bariton
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Brussels Philharmonic
2019-10-05 | Brugge (Belgium), Concertgebouw — 20:00
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Brussels Philharmonic
2019-10-04 | Bruxelles (Belgium), Flagey — 20:15 | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
2018-05-29 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház, Erkel Theatre
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
2018-05-28 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház, Erkel Theatre
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
2018-05-24 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház, Erkel Theatre | First Night
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2018-03-09 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2018-03-03 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2018-02-28 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2018-02-25 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper | Revival
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekar (Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra)
2018-02-10 | Budapest (Hungary), Müpa, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall — 19:00 | First Night
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra
2017-09-19 | London (United Kingdom), Hackney Empire
Conductor: Simone Young
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2017-03-10 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Hall — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
2016-12-03 | Roma (Italy), Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
2016-12-02 | Roma (Italy), Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
2016-12-01 | Roma (Italy), Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2016-11-30 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2016-11-26 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2016-11-23 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2016-11-19 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2016-11-15 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2016-11-09 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2016-11-06 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper | First Night
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Pannon Filharmonikusok (Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra Pécs)
2016-06-27 | Budapest (Hungary), Nemzeti Színház | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Pannon Filharmonikusok (Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra Pécs)
2016-06-25 | Pecs (Hungary)
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orchestre Region Avignon-Provence
2016-05-17 | Avignon (France), Opéra Grand — 20:30
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orchestre Region Avignon-Provence
2016-05-15 | Avignon (France), Opéra Grand — 14:30 | World Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Göteborgs Symfoniker
2016-04-23 | Göteborg (Sweden), Göteborgs Konserthus — 15:00
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Göteborgs Symfoniker
2016-04-22 | Göteborg (Sweden), Göteborgs Konserthus — 18:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Alan Gilbert
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2015-05-09 | New York, NY (United States of America), Avery Fisher Hall — 20:00
Conductor: Alan Gilbert
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2015-05-08 | New York, NY (United States of America), Avery Fisher Hall — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Alan Gilbert
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2015-05-01 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie | World Premiere
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SYNOPSIS


Peter Eötvös has composed his opera Senza sangue after the eponymous novel by Alessandro Baricco. Mari Mezei’s libretto is based on the concluding portion of the novel, and tells the story of a single dramatic encounter. During a civil war, a man and his companions killed the entire family of a certain young girl. The plot of the one-act opera spans many decades, from the moment where the girl looks in the eyes of the twenty-year-old boy who has shot her father but spared her own life, until their new encounter many decades later. After the tragedy, the woman spent her whole life in some kind of schizophrenic state, looking at herself as an outside observer. She reputedly killed, or arranged the killing of, her father’s murderers, except for the man who had saved her. They both knew all along they had to meet again, but didn’t know what this encounter would bring after so many years. In the course of their conversation, the story takes a new turn. The woman has not come to avenge herself but to be saved by the man once again. She longs to relive that glance from long ago: ‚He who has saved us once, can do so again and again.‘


COMMENTARY


Peter Eötvös composed Senza sangue as a work to be coupled with Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. As Eötvös remarked, he shares a musical ‚native language‘ with his compatriot. His composition relates to the famous single-act opera not only in its atmosphere but also right down to the cast and orchestration. Eötvös employs a pair of singers with the same voice ranges as Bartók – mezzo soprano and baritone – and the instrumentation is also identical apart from the organ which is not employed in Eötvös’s opera. He has also searched for parallels regarding the plot. In both works, a couple features who are confronted with the demons of the past. In contrast to Bartók, the woman does not discover the secret of her husband, but shares it with him. Both man and woman are elements of a recondite story. Whereas Bartók’s couple becomes the victim of the deeds of the man, Eötvös’s figures show how a traumatic past can be transformed in a totally unexpected way, together on an equal footing. At the same time, many questions remain unanswered. Peter Eötvös writes: ‘Can murder be excused by the belief in a better world? Can revenge save a broken life? Was the fight for a better world in vain if it did not succeed? There are no answers, but the man and woman are aware that their lives have become inextricably intertwined since that fateful day; only through each other can they ever hope to make life meaningful again. This is beautifully symbolised by the old woman’s hope to have her good reputation and identity restored and obliterate the past through her encounter with the man.’ Peter Eötvös

Auftragswerk : Kompositionsauftrag von KölnMusik und New York Philharmonic
Performance duration: 50'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 1. Mai 2015 Köln, Philharmonie (D) ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln 2015 · Anne Sofie von Otter, Mezzosopran; Russell Braun, Bariton · Dirigent: Alan Gilbert · New York Philharmonic (konzertante Uraufführung)

15. Mai 2016 Avignon, Opéra Grand (F) Festival d'Avignon 2016 · Dirigent: Peter Eötvös · Orchestre Region Avignon-Provence · Inszenierung: Róbert Alföldi · Kostüme: Danièle Barraud · Bühnenbild: Emmanuelle Favre (szenische Uraufführung)
Year of composition: 2014-2015, rev. 2016
instrumentation: 4 (2. auch Altfl., 3. und 4. auch Picc.) · 2 · Engl. Hr. · 3 (in A, 3. auch Kb.-Klar.) · 3 · Kfg. - 4 · 4 (4. auch Flhr.) · 3 · Basspos. · 1 - P. S. (I: 2 Crot. · Xyl. · Röhrengl. · Trgl. · 2 hg. Beck. · chin. Beck. · gr. Tr. · Guiro · Cabasa [Metall]; II: Glsp. · 8 Crot. · Trgl. · hg. Beck. [Tenor] · 3 Burma Gongs [Fis, Gis, cis] · Tamt. · Tamb. [Alt, mit Schellen] · Mar.) (2 Spieler) - 2 Hfn. · Cel. - Str. (12 · 10 · 8 · 6 · 4 [2 fünfsaitig])
occupation: La Donna · Mezzosopran - L'Uomo · lyrischer Bariton
Delivery rights: worldwide
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Brussels Philharmonic
2019-10-05 | Brugge (Belgium), Concertgebouw — 20:00
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Brussels Philharmonic
2019-10-04 | Bruxelles (Belgium), Flagey — 20:15 | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
2018-05-29 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház, Erkel Theatre
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
2018-05-28 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház, Erkel Theatre
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
2018-05-24 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház, Erkel Theatre | First Night
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2018-03-09 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2018-03-03 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2018-02-28 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2018-02-25 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper | Revival
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekar (Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra)
2018-02-10 | Budapest (Hungary), Müpa, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall — 19:00 | First Night
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra
2017-09-19 | London (United Kingdom), Hackney Empire
Conductor: Simone Young
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2017-03-10 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Hall — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
2016-12-03 | Roma (Italy), Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
2016-12-02 | Roma (Italy), Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
2016-12-01 | Roma (Italy), Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2016-11-30 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2016-11-26 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2016-11-23 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2016-11-19 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2016-11-15 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2016-11-09 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, (6/9/19/26/30 Nov 2016; Feb 2018); Gregory Vajda, (15/23 Nov 2016; Mrz 2018)
2016-11-06 | Hamburg (Germany), Staatsoper | First Night
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Pannon Filharmonikusok (Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra Pécs)
2016-06-27 | Budapest (Hungary), Nemzeti Színház | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Pannon Filharmonikusok (Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra Pécs)
2016-06-25 | Pecs (Hungary)
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orchestre Region Avignon-Provence
2016-05-17 | Avignon (France), Opéra Grand — 20:30
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orchestre Region Avignon-Provence
2016-05-15 | Avignon (France), Opéra Grand — 14:30 | World Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Göteborgs Symfoniker
2016-04-23 | Göteborg (Sweden), Göteborgs Konserthus — 15:00
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Göteborgs Symfoniker
2016-04-22 | Göteborg (Sweden), Göteborgs Konserthus — 18:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Alan Gilbert
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2015-05-09 | New York, NY (United States of America), Avery Fisher Hall — 20:00
Conductor: Alan Gilbert
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2015-05-08 | New York, NY (United States of America), Avery Fisher Hall — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Alan Gilbert
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2015-05-01 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie | World Premiere