Kafka Fragments

with Dawn Upshaw

11 November 2010 / 20:00

Tickets £11/16.50/21/28/35

 sold out

György Kurtág Kafka Fragments

Dawn Upshaw
Geoff Nuttall violin
Peter Sellars director
David Michalek photography
James F. Ingalls lighting designer

Kafka Fragments - An introduction

Kafka Fragments - In depth

Kafka Fragments - Performers and Creative Team

The innovative director, Peter Sellars, has enhanced György Kurtág's Kafka Fragments – a powerful and penetrating musical work that possesses vivid dramatic possibilities.

The 40 fragments – some lasting a few minutes, some shorter still – are taken from Kafka's diaries and letters, and set for violin and soprano in a creative manner that rigorously tests both vocal and instrumental agility.

Dawn Upshaw is one of the most inquisitive and talented of today's singers, gifts which have resulted in deep artistic bonds with frequent musical collaborators – Sellars included – which have greatly enriched our appreciation of what musical performance can achieve. Geoff Nuttall, the dynamic and imaginative violinist, joins Ms. Upshaw in an electric and poignant performance of intense musical collaboration.

‘Dawn Upshaw is one of the most significant and dramatically moving singers before the public today, and right now she is unmistakably in her prime.’ Boston Globe

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm
Peter Sellars will be giving a talk in the Barbican Hall prior to the concert.
This event is free and no pre-booking is necessary.

Promoted by the Barbican.

Part of 10 / 11 Season Classical concerts
Part of Great Performers 2010-2011


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