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Detlev Glanert is one of the most performed German composers of his generation. His back catalogue encompasses operas, chamber music and orchestral works. A Berlin resident since 1987, Detlev Glanert studied composition under Diether de la Motte and Günter Friedrichs, Oliver Knussen and lastly Hans Werner Henze in Cologne. His many awards include the Rolf-Liebermann Opera Prize for his THE MIRROR OF THE GREAT EMPEROR (premiere 1995) and the 2001 Bavarian Opera Prize for JEST, SATIRE, IRONY AND DEEPER MEANING. In 2002 Detlev Glanert was inducted into the Academy of Arts, Hamburg. He was composer-in-residence in Mannheim in 2003, in Sapporo in 2005, with the WDR Sinfonieorchester in Cologne from 2008 to 2009 and with the Concertgebouw Orkest in Amsterdam from 2011 to 2017.

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My private place of peace: Detlev Glanert
Detlev Glanert has written a new opera for the Deutsche Oper Berlin, OCEANE, based on a fragment from a novella by Fontane. The composers meets us at his favourite haunt: Café Einstein

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An essay by Kerstin Schüssler-Bach
The woman from the sea
Detlev Glanert’s eleventh work of musical theatre, Oceane, is based on a fragment of a novel by Fontane. Commissioned by the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the opera is scheduled to premiere with a star line-up in April 2019.

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World premiere on 28th April; 3rd, 15th, 17th and 24th May 2019
Oceane – A summer piece for music in two acts
Fontane explores the Melusine character as a way of fathoming the sense of menace and fascination felt by a bourgeois, male-dominated society that connoted femininity with an archaic, erotically licentious naturalness. His “strange woman from the sea” is yearning for intimacy and love, yet in the end the men who seek her company are the very ones from whom she feels most distant.
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"Any new opera is always an adventure for all of us."
"We have the conundrum that of course opera with its unique alchemy between words and music functions in its strongest level trough emotion and we are dealing with a principle character who apparently does not feel." (Robert Carsen)

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"And it has got great delicacy ... We have to be very careful."
"It feels like sometimes, when you work on these operas by Janáček, where you have a very short time to delineate certain characteristics of people and certain social commitments and links." (Robert Carsen)

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"Glanert's music has an enormous emotional impact."
... certifies Donald Runnicles to the composer. For Runnicles it is also fascinating how "virtuosically Glanert deals with the different styles", here impressionistically shaped, iridescent between Britten, Janácek and Stravinsky, sometimes quoting folksiness and then dissonant again, modern: a dramatic music that evokes music theatre in the best sense.

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