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Judith Weir

Publisher: Chester Music

Blond Eckbert (1993)
commissioned by English National Opera with funds from the Arts Council
Text Writer
the composer, after Ludwig Tieck
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Opera and Music Theatre
Year Composed
1993
Duration
1 Hour 15 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
Language
English
Soloist
Soprano, Mezzo soprano, Tenor, Baritone


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Programme Note
Judith Weir Blond Eckbert (1993)
BRIEF SYNOPSIS

Eckbert and his wife Berthe live in seclusion in the Harz Moutains. One stormy night, Eckbert's friend Walther arrives and, to while away the time, Berthe tells him her life story. Walther mysteriously knows a great deal about Berthe' s early life and Eckbert's suspicions grow, eventually leading him to murder Walther during a hunting expediton. Consumed by terror and suspicion, Eckbert retreats into seclusion and revisits the fairy-tale scenes of Berthe's childhood, accompanied by a magical singing bird. He encounters the old woman who raised Berthe, and at last learns the terrible truth about Walther, Berthe, and himself.

© Judith Weir


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  • Ensemble
    English National Opera
    Conductor
    Sian Edwards
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  • Ensemble
    Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera
    Soloist(s)
    Nicholas Folwell (baritone), Anne-Marie Owens (mezzo-soprano), Christopher Ventris (baritone), Nerys Jones (soprano)
    Conductor
    Sian Edwards
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