Frederick Delius was born to German parents in Bradford, Yorkshire, in 1862. His has become almost totally forgotten about in Germany since the last world war. A chance then to rediscover this composer whose output include six operas, large orchestral works, diverse pieces of chamber music and a huge amount of songs, choral works and church music. He studied at the Conservatory in Leipzig and was influenced by symbolism and impressionism at the turn of the last century. The complex orchestral texture and late romantic sound world in his music, he was a great admirer of Edvard Grieg, are captivating. Poets important to Delius throughout his life included Friedrich Nietzsche, Walt Whitman, Paul Verlaine, Jens Peter Jacobsen and William Shakespeare.
Delius’ life’s was also influenced by the folklore and colour of the different countries where he lived: England, Germany, Norway and, finally, France, as well as the American poet Walt Whitman, for whom Delius composed several musical memorials.
Opera Finale will try and create a broader picture of the life of this British composer, who was dogged by ill health, including paralysis and blindness, since his 20s. Delius’ opera Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe/A Village Romeo and Juliet is the last new production in the 2013/14 season and therefore the starting point for this series of events before the summer holidays. Evenings of chamber music, readings and talks are intended to encourage our audiences to get to know more about this neglected composer.
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Opera Finale 2013/2014
Series of events linked to the new production of Frederick Delius’ Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe/A Village Romeo and Juliet
Sunday 05.05.2013 15:30 h
LANDSCHAFT MIT ENTFERNTEN VERWANDTEN
(Landscape with distant relations)
Sunday 05.05.2013 18:00 h