German premiere: Torsten Rasch’s "The Duchess of Malfi" in Chemnitz
Dresden-born composer Torsten Rasch, better known in Britain and published by Faber Music London, is now attracting increasing attention in Germany. In 2010 he set The Duchess of Malfi by Shakespeare’s contemporary John Webster for English National Opera and the innovative theatre company Punchdrunk. On 23 March 2013 German opera-lovers will have the opportunity of getting to know the work, so successfully premiered in London, in a new production by Dietrich Hilsdorf for Theater Chemnitz. Music Director Frank Beermann conducts the Robert Schumann Philharmonie, which gave the premiere of Rasch’s orchestral work Wouivres in October 2011. Complementing the opera production, the orchestra premieres Das Haus der Temperamente, a suite from The Duchess of Malfi on 17 April 2013.
Picture: The Duchess of Malfi: World Premiere London 2010 (Photo: Stephen Cummiskey)