Opera review: Simplicius Simplicissimus and Oreste

Opera review: Simplicius Simplicissimus and Oreste
 

Like many anti-Nazis who decided not to emigrate in the 1930s, the composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann had to play a double game. As a protest he banned any public performances of his work within the Third Reich and his compositions were only performed abroad, mainly at contemporary music festivals. 
He survived the war by entering into a kind of “inner emigration”. Significantly Hartmann’s opera Simplicius Simplicissimus, given its UK premiere last week by Independent Opera, deals with another turbulent time in Germany: the Thirty Years’ War (1618 to 1648). 
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20 November 2016 in Entertainment, Views: 65
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