Waiting for the Barbarians

Philip Glass

12 June 2008 / 19:30

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Philip Glass Waiting for the Barbarians (UK premiere)

Orchestra and Chorus of Erfurt Theatre

Dennis Russell Davies conductor
Richard Salter The Magistrate
Eugene Perry Joll
Michael Tews Mandel
Elvira Soukop Girl
Kelly God Chef
Marisca Mulder soprano Star
Vazgen Ghazaryan bass Old Man
Peter Umstadt tenor Soldiers, Guards
Máté Sólyom-Nagy baritone
Manuel Meyer bass
Grit Redlich soprano Small Girl

Libretto by Christopher Hampton based on the novel by John M. Coetzee.

Concert Performance

Philip Glass's Waiting for the Barbarians based on the novel by John M. Coetzee, looks at war between oppressors and oppressed. The 'barbarians' are coming. Torture is used to obtain confessions from the barbarian prisoners, thus 'justifying' the necessity for the premeditated campaign against the tribe.
'The performance, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, is dominated by Richard Salter's astonishing performance as the magistrate, on stage throughout the opera. Genuinely intriguing.'
The Guardian

Pre-concert talk 6-6.45pm Barbican Hall
Keith Potter in Conversation with Dennis Russell Davies
Dennis Russell Davies, who is an expert on Philip Glass’ music, will be conducting the concert at 7:30pm. Facilitator Keith Potter is currently Senior Lecturer in Music at the Goldsmiths University of London. Keith Potter was the co-founder and, for seventeen years, Chief Editor of Contact: a Journal of Contemporary Music, and for ten years a regular music critic on The Independent daily newspaper.

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