opera 'Kirisk' -
'The recording ... under the careful direction of the Israeli conductor Lior Shambadal, is excellent ...'
Magret Wolf is now, at the age of forty three, making a strong impact on musical
Germany with recent highly praised performances by the Moscow Symphony
and both the Bavarian and Frankfurt Radio Orchestras. Her opera Kirisk
was commissioned for the Pfaltztheater at Kaiserslautern and had its first
performance there in March 2000. The issue of the Arte Nova recording of
the opera this year is another major step toward a wider recognition for
Wolf lives in Berlin, but her studies during the eighties took her
first to Norfolk, Virginia and to Richard Langley, then to Munich and
Vienna where she studied Jewish literature, musicology and philosophy.
Her discovery of Aitmatov's writing was an instant stimulus, and a
meeting with the author in 1997 in Brussels, where he was acting an
ambassador to the European Union, proved an inspiration, for he willingly
granted her the rights to adapt his mythological story.
Copyright © 22 October 2003
Patric Standford, Wakefield, UK