Laurence Equilbey © Agnès Mellon

Oratoriy in three parts (1799)

Music by Joseph Haydn

Libretto based on John Miltons "Paradise Lost" by Gottfried van Swieten

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Premiere: Monday, 15 May 2017, 7 pm

Performance: Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 7 pm until 8.45 pm (no intermission)

 

Content

During his second visit to England, Haydn was offered an English-language libretto: the creation of the world according to the Bible. Essentially, The Creation contains no more and no less than this. The retired diplomat and music lover Gottfried van Swieten, one of Haydn's most important acquaintances in Vienna, was responsible for the translation. The experienced composer, master of the symphony and the string quartet, worked on the oratorio for nearly two years, from autumn 1796 to spring 1798. The premiere in the Schwarzenberg Palace attracted such a crowd that gendarmes had to cordon off a path for the invited guests. The press was also impressed by this major work: "The music has an expressive power beyond all imagining; the listener is enthralled, sees the raging of the elements, sees it become light, the fallen spirits sinking deep into the abyss, trembles at the rolling thunder, joins in the celebratory chorus of the heavenly host." (Teutscher Merker, 1798.)

Cast

Conductor

Laurence Equilbey

Biography
Director

Carlus Padrissa

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Costume design

Clara Sullà

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Light design

Carles Rigual

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Choreography

Mireia Romero

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Soprano

Mari Eriksmoen

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Tenor

Martin Mitterrutzner

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Baritone

Daniel Schmutzhard

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Orchestra

Insula Orchestra

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Choir

. Accentus

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Die Schöpfung 2016/17

Premiere: 15 May 2017
Director: Carlus Padrissa
Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
La Fura dels Baus
Photos: © Marie Guilloux