The work, which she premiered in Gothenburg in 2019 and subsequently took on tour with Ensemble Musikfabrik, continues the Noh performer's streaming series HO NOH - Pray for an end to Covid-19, which began in May 2020. During the global suffering caused by the pandemic, Ryoko Aoki commissioned international composers to write pieces for Noh voice and premiered them in live streaming concerts with musicians from different countries. In doing so, she also refers to the origins of the Noh tradition: starting in the 14th century, Noh performers in Japan performed in religious rituals to pray for recovery from illness.more
Prayer Against the Pandemic
On 19 February, Ryoko Aoki joined musicians from Ensemble Musikfabrik in the virtual space to perform Peter Eötvös' melodrama Secret Kiss.
"Drastic and clear" - "strong and accurate": Johannes Klumpp received enthusiastic reviews for his conducting of the two opera premieres From a House of the Dead and The Makropulos Affair on April 30 at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. The Janáček double bill was performed again in May; individually, the operas will be shown until July.
Vito Žuraj's first full-length opera Blühen was premiered in Frankfurt in January 2023 and received enthusiastic reviews. Before the world premiere, we spoke to the composer about his collaboration with librettist Händl Klaus, director Brigitte Fassbaender and the Ensemble Modern, which played under Michael Wendeberg.