The premiere of the opera The Wise Woman will be full of percussion instruments

21 November 2017, 8:00
The premiere of the opera The Wise Woman will be full of percussion instruments

The Chamber Opera of the Music Faculty of the Janáček Academy of Musical Arts is preparing a work by the German composer Carl Orff. The opera production of The Wise Woman (Die Kluge) there will be five percussionists working on more than twenty instruments and two pianists. The premiere will take place in the Divadlo na Orlí.

The opera The Wise Woman is returning to Brno after seventeen years, and is currently being performed in Opava and in Prague. Orff’s work, inspired by a story of the Brothers Grimm and folk sayings, is also a kind of reference to the Second World War. The Wise Woman encounters a king who is not managing his role. The woman wants to change him and awaken his feelings, and at the same time tries to help her land.

"Orff’s The Wise Woman was written as a satire on Nazi Germany, hiding under the guise of a fairy tale. It can be seen from the tale that the relationship between the king and the wise woman is like that of Hitler and Eva Braun," states the director Jan Levý. This new chamber version of the opera is the work of Friedrich Waneken. “We are playing the chamber version of the opera for two pianos, timpani and drums from 1980. Paradoxically the piano is also used as a percussion instrument here,” notes the conductor Jiří Najvar. The orchestra accompanies eight young singers.

Two premieres will take place on 25 and 26 November in the Divadlo na Orlí, and there will be two repeat performances on 27 and 29 November.

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