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Magret Wolf's
opera 'Kirisk' -
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'The recording ... under the careful direction of the Israeli conductor Lior Shambadal, is excellent ...'

Magret Wolf: Kirisk. © 2003 BMG Ariola Classics GmbH

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 her work.

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.

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Copyright © 22 October 2003 Patric Standford, Wakefield, UK


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