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The Past Cannot Be Changed

Oscar Strasnoy's 'Un Retour',
recommended by GIUSEPPE PENNISI


Un Retour by Oscar Strasnoy on a text by Alberto Manguel is the masterpiece that any festival of lyrical music would love to commission and to première. It is, no doubt, the best and most engrossing experience of the 2010 Aix-en-Provence Festival. It is a chamber opera requiring seven singers (in a dozen different roles), two pianists, two percussionists, and two brass players (a trumpet and a trombone). During a span of about an hour, its thirteen scenes move swiftly from an airplane, to an airport, from the busy streets of a large city (Buenos Aires) to a small out-of-the-way, but ghostly, village. This review is based on the 9 July 2010 performance...

Copyright © 17 July 2010 Giuseppe Pennisi,
Rome, Italy





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