Louisa LasdunDouble Trouble (1990)
for flute, (pic), oboe (ca), clarinet (asx), bassoon, horn, trumpet, timpani, three percussion, synthesizer, string quartet, double-bass, various child intrumentalists as onstage band and children's choir (over eight years old) including solo roles
Texts: Adam Thorpe
A conventional opera in two acts with no adult roles, the English libretto is by Adam Thorpe. The orchestra accompaniment is for professional musicians. Commissioned by the W. 11. Children's Opera, London.
Andreas Stahl"aso muesch entschuldige da ischte schlüssel" (szene VI) (1992-1993)
for three orchestral groups, altus and electronic amplification (188.8.131.52.3sx/184.108.40.206/timp.4perc/hp.pf.acn/ebgtr/10.8.1.0.8.4)
Texts: Martin Frank
One of the seven planned musical scenes from the musical theatre project ‘la mort de chevrolet’, based on a book bearing the same title by Martin Frank. Spatial distribution can be realised on a normal stage. Scene VI a permanent ritardando with augmentation from all in all directions.
Duration: 13' 30"
Andreas Stahl"zie di ap" (szene V) (1993)
for three orchestral groups, altus, tenor, and electronic amplification. (220.127.116.11.3sx/18.104.22.168/timp.4perc/hp.pf.acn/ebgtr/10.8.10.8.4)
Texts: Martin Frank
One of the seven planned musical scenes from the musical theatre project ‘la mort de chevrolet’, based on a book bearing the same title by Martin Frank. Spatial distribution can be realised on a normal stage. Scene V an impossible unisono.
Duration: 3' 40"
Michael SchneiderA Dictionary of Maladies (2002-2005)
for two deep voices and chamber ensemble (cl(bcl).asx(barsx).bn(cbn)/egtr/perc(two players)/vc.db)
It’s 1920’s England and two men meet in the broadmoor asylum, an institution for the criminally insane. William Minor, a former doctor during the American Civil War and one of the most important contributors to the Oxford Dictionary of English is amongst the inmates. John Ruskin, the symbolistic painter and writer is a guest. Both are helplessly exposed to the storms of the twentieth century. The world, so they believe, can be saved only when both have freed themselves from sin. A fragile balance between life and death develops over the four dramatic scenes of this chamber opera. The dense and complex libretto by the Australian author Jen Craig highlights obsessions, memories and hopes in a world caught between reality and delusion, guilt and expiation. The music is built upon keywords from the text (rolling, spitting, gliding, breathing) and evokes, in addition, contrasting sound worlds: pitch-black waves, grotesque accents, erotic and fear associations, breathing as life’s essence.
Duration: 30' 00" ((bei konzertanter Aussührung))
De-Qing WenLe Pari (The Wager) (2002-2003)
Chamber Opera in two acts and four scenes
Duration: 90' 00"
Frédéric BolliLaura (1996-1998)
Criminal chamber opera in four acts
Texts: Frédéric Bolli
Libretto by the composer.
Four singing roles: Laura, soprano; Marie, alto (mezzo); Elisa, soprano; Fabian, bass-baritone.
Four instruments: Flute, violin, viola and bass clarinet in B (clarinet in B).
(Libretto: sFr. 20.-; € 20.-)
René WohlhauserGantenbein, Musiktheater (2002-2004)
for 4 soloists (SMezTBar) and orchestra (fl.ob.2cbcl(cl, bcl).bn/hn.tpt.2tbn.tba/2perc/8v I.6v II.4va. 4vc.2db)
Libretto by the composer.
World premiered at Lucerne City Theatre in collaboration with the 2004 'Weltmusiktagen', this opera named after the book by Max Frisch, deals with the relationship between him and Ingeborg Bachmann. The problematisation of the identity formation is mirrored through algorithmic processes, these are critically challenged and subjectively broken.
Duration: 60' 00"
De-Qing WenLes musiciens de Brême (2010)
Children's opera sung in French
Texts: De-Qing Wen
The donkey - bass
The dog - baritone
The cat - mezzo
The cock - tenor
The robbers - baritone
1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 saxophne, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, one percussionist, 1 double bass, 1 conductor
The libretto is based on the fairy tale "The Town Musicians of Bremen" by the Grimm brothers.
A donkey, whose owner wants rid of him because he is old and useless, flees and makes his was to Bremen to become a town musician. On the way he meets a dog, who is too old for hunting, a cat, who is too old to catch mice and a cock, who is also too old and only good for the pot. One night, tired and hungry, the animals rest in a forest. They see a light, approach it and find a wooden cabin. Inside they see group of robbers sat at a table full of goodies. The animals decide to rid the cabin of the robbers by scaring them: one climbs on top of the other and each screams a blood-curdling sound. The robbers flee and the animals make themselves comfortable, fill their bellies and sleep happily.
Duration: 45' 00"