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World Premiere of Aribert Reimann's L'Invisible with the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Oct. 01, 2017

World Premiere of Aribert Reimann's <em>L'Invisible</em> with the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Sure to be one of this season’s most significant operatic events, Aribert Reimann’s ninth opera L’Invisible has its world premiere with the Deutsche Oper Berlin on October 8. The production, which runs through October 31, features direction by Vasily Barkhatov and is conducted by Donald Runnicles.

Reimann’s ‘Trilogie lyrique’, which is based on three plays by Maurice Maeterlinck, is pervaded by a mysterious, indescribable atmosphere of fear and threat. The work explores the inevitability of death and man’s inability to confront it.

In an interview with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Reimann writes the he was “tremendously impressed by the intense, nightmarish situations that shape these plays, and by the way they dealt with silence.” The composer segments his orchestration in unique ways throughout the work’s three narratives—L’Intruse is scored almost exclusively for strings, Intérieur limited to the woodwind section, and not until the final section, La Mort de Tintagiles, is the orchestra employed as a whole.

View the score to Reimann’s L’Invisible, below:

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Aribert Reimann
L’Invisible (2011-2017)
Trilogie lyrique
libretto (Fr) by the composer, after Maurice Maeterlinck
L’Intruse: for high soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass-baritone and two actors
Interieur: for high soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass-baritone and four actors
La mort de Tintagiles: high soprano, mezzo-soprano, countertenor, bass-baritone and speaker
evening length