Abrahamsen - The Snow Queen (Blu-ray) | Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings BSOREC2002

Abrahamsen - The Snow Queen (Blu-ray)

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Label: Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings

Cat No: BSOREC2002

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 14th January 2022

Contents

Artists

Barbara Hannigan
Rachael Wilson
Katarina Dalayman
Peter Rose
Caroline Wettergreen
Dean Power
Kevin Conners
Owen Willetts
Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Conductor

Cornelius Meister

Works

Abrahamsen, Hans

The Snow Queen

Artists

Barbara Hannigan
Rachael Wilson
Katarina Dalayman
Peter Rose
Caroline Wettergreen
Dean Power
Kevin Conners
Owen Willetts
Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Conductor

Cornelius Meister

About

The Snow Queen is Hans Abrahamsenís first opera, composed to a self-penned libretto, based on Hans Christian Andersenís eponymous fairy tale. Following an in-depth study of the topic of snow and a life-long obsession with Andersenís fairy tales, Abrahamsen composed the opera between 2014 and 2018. The plot follows that of the well-known fairy tale: Two children, Gerda und Kay, are extremely close and seemingly made for one another. Something pierces Kay in the heart and eye, causing the two to become emotionally distant, as if living in two different worlds. Kidnapped by the Snow Queen, Kay then vanishes from Gerdaís life physically as well. She begins a long search for her friend until she finds him again in the midst of snow and ice. As Gerda weeps, her tears extract the demonic splinters from Kayís heart. Having learned valuable lessons from these many experiences, the two friends are now ready to become adults.

Hans Abrahamsenís music, with its smooth transitions and subtly modified repeats, lends the lyrics both depth and lightness. He is keen to point out the range of avenues for interpretation available. ďItís possible to read the fairy tale in a variety of ways. It contains many mysteries which are open to numerous interpretations.Ē Accompanying Barbara Hannigan is a top-class ensemble of singers, including Peter Rose, Katarina Dalayman and Rachael Wilson. Cornelius Meister is the musical director, currently general music director at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Director Andreas Kriegenburgís production of The Snow Queen is a touching story by adults, for an adult audience, offering a journey into the innermost regions of the human soul. Recorded during the premiere run in the presence of the composer and in close collaboration with him, this release captures an important work of new musical theatre.

Cast:
- Gerda: Barbara Hannigan
- Kay: Rachael Wilson
- Grandmother/ Old Lady / Finn Woman: Katarina Dalayman
- Snow Queen / Reindeer/ Clock: Peter Rose
- Princess: Caroline Wettergreen
- Prince: Dean Power
- Forest Crow: Kevin Conners
- Castle Crow: Owen Willetts

Stage director: Andreas Kriegenburg
Set design: Harald B. Thor
Costume design: Andrea Schraad
Light design: Michael Bauer
Choreography: Zenta Haerter
Dramaturgy: Malte Krasting
Bildregie: Christoph Engel

Recorded Live at the Bayerische Staatsoper, December 2019 / January 2020
Filmed in HD
16:9
PCM STEREO and DTS-MA 5.1
Language: English
Subtitles: English, German, Danish, French, Japanese, Korean
Region code: A, B, C
Total playing time 116 min.

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