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The Knot Garden

The Knot Garden

(Der Irrgarten)

Opera in three acts

Text by the composer

German translation by Claus H. Henneberg


  • Édition: matériel d'exécution
  • Langue : anglais - allemand

 
Description
A house, too, can be a battlefield, and a garden a wilderness. The house here belongs to Faber and Thea: middle-class, middle-aged, probably more than middle-income and in a mid-matrimonial rut of mutual laissez-faire. Also in the house is their young ward Flora, to whom Faber has been making sexual advances. And there are visitors. Thea’s sister Denise is taking a break from other distant battlefields, where she is engaged in the struggle against oppression. A black writer, Mel, is here as well with his white lover Dov, a musician: the first homosexual couple to be ‘out’ on the operatic stage. These people’s entanglements – with each other but also, and more importantly, within themselves – have to be addressed, as in Tippett’s first opera. But this time the Mozart model is Così fan tutte, and the lessons of myth are clothed in the language of psychiatry, as practised by Mangus, the Don Alfonso who may not be as much in control as he would hope. In the last act he stages a performance of The Tempest, which comes adrift. Perhaps more has been achieved in the middle act, a swirl of short scenes ending in an exchange of songs between Flora and Dov – an exchange, too, of homages to Schubert and the blues, both held in the magic of this lustrous score. Paul Griffiths
Détails
Année de composition: 1966-1970
Auftragswerk : commissioned by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Durée de la performance: 80'0"
Maison d'édition: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 2. Dezember 1970 London, Royal Opera House (UK) · Raimund Herincx; Yvonne Minton/Katherine Pring; Jill Gomez; Josephine Barstow; Thomas Carey; Robert Tear; Thomas Hernsley · Dirigent: Sir Colin Davis · The Royal Opera · Inszenierung: Sir Peter Hall
instrumentation: 2(both pic).1.ca.2(1.Ebcl,2.bcl).1.cbsn-4.2.3.1-timp.3perc(glsp, xyl, vib, metal bar or heavy triangle, tam-t, cym, sus cym, s.d, ten d, b.d, jazz kit, wdbl, tempbl, tamb, casts, whip, clav, small rattle)-hp.cel.pno.egtr/ehpd-str
occupation: Faber, a civil engineer aged about 35 · robust baritone - Thea, his wife, a gardener · dramatic mezzo - Flora, their ward, an adolescent girl · light high soprano - Denise, Thea's sister, a dedicated Freedom-fighter · dramatic soprano - Mel, a black writer in his late twenties · lyric bass-baritone - Dov, his white friend; a musician · lyric tenor - Mangus, an analyst · high tenor-baritone
Représentations
2020-11-09 | Bath (Royaume Uni), Theatre Royal
2020-11-07 | Exeter (Royaume Uni), Northcott Theatre
2020-10-31 | Saffron Walden (Royaume Uni), Saffron Hall
2020-10-25 | Snape (Royaume Uni), Snape Maltings
2020-10-20 | Durham (Royaume Uni), Gala Theatre
2020-10-17 | Buxton (Royaume Uni), Buxton Opera House
2020-10-09 | London (Royaume Uni), Hackney Empire | Première soirée
Chef d'orchestre: Geoffrey Paterson
2020-07-28 | München (Allemagne), Utopia (Reithalle) — 19:30
Chef d'orchestre: Geoffrey Paterson
2020-07-27 | München (Allemagne), Utopia (Reithalle) — 19:30
Chef d'orchestre: Geoffrey Paterson
2020-07-24 | München (Allemagne), Utopia (Reithalle) — 19:30
Chef d'orchestre: Geoffrey Paterson
2020-07-23 | München (Allemagne), Utopia (Reithalle) — 19:30 | Première soirée
Chef d'orchestre: Nicholas Cleobury
2011-12-15 | London (Royaume Uni), National Opera Studio, Wandsworth
Chef d'orchestre: Nicholas Cleobury
2011-12-14 | London (Royaume Uni), National Opera Studio, Wandsworth
Chef d'orchestre: Walter Kobéra
Orchestre: Amadeus-Ensemble Wien
2005-08-08 | Wien (Autriche), Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Atelierhaus (Semper-Depot) — 20.30 Uhr
Chef d'orchestre: Walter Kobéra
Orchestre: Amadeus-Ensemble Wien
2005-08-03 | Wien (Autriche), Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Atelierhaus (Semper-Depot) — 20.30 Uhr
Chef d'orchestre: Walter Kobéra
Orchestre: Amadeus-Ensemble Wien
2005-07-28 | Wien (Autriche), Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Atelierhaus (Semper-Depot) — 20.30 Uhr
Chef d'orchestre: Walter Kobéra
Orchestre: Amadeus-Ensemble Wien
2005-07-25 | Wien (Autriche), Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Atelierhaus (Semper-Depot) — 20.30 Uhr | Première soirée
Chef d'orchestre: Jan Latham-Koenig
Orchestre: Young Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra
2005-07-24 | Montepulciano (Italie), Teatro Poliziano — 18.00 h
Chef d'orchestre: Jan Latham-Koenig
Orchestre: Young Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra
2005-07-22 | Montepulciano (Italie), Teatro Poliziano — 21.15 h | Première nationale
Chef d'orchestre: Michael Rafferty
2005-07-21 | Buxton (Royaume Uni), Buxton Opera House — Buxton Festival
Chef d'orchestre: Michael Rafferty
2005-07-14 | Buxton (Royaume Uni), Buxton Opera House — Buxton Festival
Chef d'orchestre: Michael Rafferty
2005-07-09 | Cardiff (Royaume Uni), New Theatre
Chef d'orchestre: Michael Rafferty
2005-07-08 | Cardiff (Royaume Uni), New Theatre
Chef d'orchestre: Michael Rafferty
2005-07-05 | Mold (Royaume Uni), Clwyd Theatr Cymru
Chef d'orchestre: Michael Rafferty
2005-06-03 | Bath (Royaume Uni), Theatre Royal — Bath International Music Festival
Chef d'orchestre: Andrew Davis
Orchestre: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2005-05-15 | London (Royaume Uni), Barbican Hall — 14.00 h - Study Afternoon, Prompt Corner
Chef d'orchestre: Andrew Davis
Orchestre: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2005-05-14 | London (Royaume Uni), Barbican Hall — 19.30 h
Chef d'orchestre: Michael Rafferty
2005-05-10 | Basingstoke (Royaume Uni), The Anvil
Chef d'orchestre: Michael Rafferty
2005-05-04 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio Theatre
Chef d'orchestre: Michael Rafferty
2005-05-03 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio Theatre
Chef d'orchestre: Michael Rafferty
2005-04-30 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio Theatre | Première soirée
Chef d'orchestre: Richard Armstrong
2005-02-05 | Edinburgh (Royaume Uni), Edinburgh Festival Theatre — 19.15 h
Chef d'orchestre: Richard Armstrong
2005-02-03 | Edinburgh (Royaume Uni), Edinburgh Festival Theatre — 19.15 h
Chef d'orchestre: Richard Armstrong
2005-01-29 | Glasgow (Royaume Uni), Theatre Royal — 14.15 h
Chef d'orchestre: Richard Armstrong
2005-01-25 | Glasgow (Royaume Uni), Theatre Royal — 19.15 h
Chef d'orchestre: Richard Armstrong
2005-01-22 | Glasgow (Royaume Uni), Theatre Royal — 19.15 h
Chef d'orchestre: Richard Armstrong
2005-01-19 | Glasgow (Royaume Uni), Theatre Royal — 19.15 h | Première soirée
Chef d'orchestre: James Lockhart
1994-07-08 | London (Royaume Uni), Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music
Chef d'orchestre: James Lockhart
1994-07-07 | London (Royaume Uni), Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music
Chef d'orchestre: James Lockhart
1994-07-05 | London (Royaume Uni), Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music
Chef d'orchestre: James Lockhart
1994-07-04 | London (Royaume Uni), Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music
Chef d'orchestre: Philippe Nahon
1994-03-25 | Rennes (France), Rennes Opéra
Chef d'orchestre: Philippe Nahon
1994-03-23 | Rennes (France), Rennes Opéra
Chef d'orchestre: Philippe Nahon
1994-03-05 | Aulnay-sous-Bois (France), Espace Jacques Prevert
Chef d'orchestre: Philippe Nahon
1994-02-12 | La Rochelle (France), La Coursive
Chef d'orchestre: Philippe Nahon
1994-02-09 | Noisy-Le-Grand (France), Espace Michael Simon
Chef d'orchestre: Philippe Nahon
1994-01-27 | Orléans (France), Centre d\'Arts Contemporains
Chef d'orchestre: Philippe Nahon
1994-01-25 | Orléans (France), Centre d\'Arts Contemporains
Chef d'orchestre: Philippe Nahon
1994-01-22 | (France), Massy Theatre
Chef d'orchestre: Philippe Nahon
1994-01-18 | Paris (France), La Ferme du Buisson
Chef d'orchestre: Philippe Nahon
1994-01-15 | Paris (France), La Ferme du Buisson | Première nationale
Chef d'orchestre: Sian Edwards
Orchestre: Royal Opera
1988-01-01 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Opera House
Chef d'orchestre: Johannes Kalitzke
Orchestre: Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen
1987-01-01 | Gelsenkirchen (Allemagne), Musiktheater
Orchestre: BBC Symphony Orchestra
1975-02-15 | (Royaume Uni) | CD-Radio-TV-Production
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Rubenstein
Orchestre: Northwestern University
1974-02-24 | Chicago, IL (Etats Unis d' Amérique)
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Rubenstein
Orchestre: Northwestern University
1974-02-22 | Chicago, IL (Etats Unis d' Amérique)
Chef d'orchestre: Sir Colin Davis
Orchestre: The Royal Opera
1970-12-17 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Opera House
Chef d'orchestre: Sir Colin Davis
Orchestre: The Royal Opera
1970-12-14 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Opera House
Chef d'orchestre: Sir Colin Davis
Orchestre: The Royal Opera
1970-12-11 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Opera House
Chef d'orchestre: Sir Colin Davis
Orchestre: The Royal Opera
1970-12-08 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Opera House
Chef d'orchestre: Sir Colin Davis
Orchestre: The Royal Opera
1970-12-05 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Opera House
Chef d'orchestre: Sir Colin Davis
Orchestre: The Royal Opera
1970-12-02 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Opera House | Première mondiale
Extrait Audio
Tippett · The Knot Garden, Act 1 Do, do not, do not torment me · sound clip
A house, too, can be a battlefield, and a garden a wilderness. The house here belongs to Faber and Thea: middle-class, middle-aged, probably more than middle-income and in a mid-matrimonial rut of mutual laissez-faire. Also in the house is their young ward Flora, to whom Faber has been making sexual advances. And there are visitors. Thea’s sister Denise is taking a break from other distant battlefields, where she is engaged in the struggle against oppression. A black writer, Mel, is here as well with his white lover Dov, a musician: the first homosexual couple to be ‘out’ on the operatic stage. These people’s entanglements – with each other but also, and more importantly, within themselves – have to be addressed, as in Tippett’s first opera. But this time the Mozart model is Così fan tutte, and the lessons of myth are clothed in the language of psychiatry, as practised by Mangus, the Don Alfonso who may not be as much in control as he would hope. In the last act he stages a performance of The Tempest, which comes adrift. Perhaps more has been achieved in the middle act, a swirl of short scenes ending in an exchange of songs between Flora and Dov – an exchange, too, of homages to Schubert and the blues, both held in the magic of this lustrous score. Paul Griffiths
Année de composition: 1966-1970
Auftragswerk : commissioned by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Durée de la performance: 80'0"
Maison d'édition: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 2. Dezember 1970 London, Royal Opera House (UK) · Raimund Herincx; Yvonne Minton/Katherine Pring; Jill Gomez; Josephine Barstow; Thomas Carey; Robert Tear; Thomas Hernsley · Dirigent: Sir Colin Davis · The Royal Opera · Inszenierung: Sir Peter Hall
instrumentation: 2(both pic).1.ca.2(1.Ebcl,2.bcl).1.cbsn-4.2.3.1-timp.3perc(glsp, xyl, vib, metal bar or heavy triangle, tam-t, cym, sus cym, s.d, ten d, b.d, jazz kit, wdbl, tempbl, tamb, casts, whip, clav, small rattle)-hp.cel.pno.egtr/ehpd-str
occupation: Faber, a civil engineer aged about 35 · robust baritone - Thea, his wife, a gardener · dramatic mezzo - Flora, their ward, an adolescent girl · light high soprano - Denise, Thea's sister, a dedicated Freedom-fighter · dramatic soprano - Mel, a black writer in his late twenties · lyric bass-baritone - Dov, his white friend; a musician · lyric tenor - Mangus, an analyst · high tenor-baritone
2020-11-09 | Bath (Royaume Uni), Theatre Royal
2020-11-07 | Exeter (Royaume Uni), Northcott Theatre
2020-10-31 | Saffron Walden (Royaume Uni), Saffron Hall
2020-10-25 | Snape (Royaume Uni), Snape Maltings
2020-10-20 | Durham (Royaume Uni), Gala Theatre
2020-10-17 | Buxton (Royaume Uni), Buxton Opera House
2020-10-09 | London (Royaume Uni), Hackney Empire | Première soirée
Chef d'orchestre: Geoffrey Paterson
2020-07-28 | München (Allemagne), Utopia (Reithalle) — 19:30
Chef d'orchestre: Geoffrey Paterson
2020-07-27 | München (Allemagne), Utopia (Reithalle) — 19:30
Chef d'orchestre: Geoffrey Paterson
2020-07-24 | München (Allemagne), Utopia (Reithalle) — 19:30
Chef d'orchestre: Geoffrey Paterson
2020-07-23 | München (Allemagne), Utopia (Reithalle) — 19:30 | Première soirée
Chef d'orchestre: Nicholas Cleobury
2011-12-15 | London (Royaume Uni), National Opera Studio, Wandsworth
Chef d'orchestre: Nicholas Cleobury
2011-12-14 | London (Royaume Uni), National Opera Studio, Wandsworth
Chef d'orchestre: Walter Kobéra
Orchestre: Amadeus-Ensemble Wien
2005-08-08 | Wien (Autriche), Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Atelierhaus (Semper-Depot) — 20.30 Uhr
Chef d'orchestre: Walter Kobéra
Orchestre: Amadeus-Ensemble Wien
2005-08-03 | Wien (Autriche), Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Atelierhaus (Semper-Depot) — 20.30 Uhr
Chef d'orchestre: Walter Kobéra
Orchestre: Amadeus-Ensemble Wien
2005-07-28 | Wien (Autriche), Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Atelierhaus (Semper-Depot) — 20.30 Uhr
Chef d'orchestre: Walter Kobéra
Orchestre: Amadeus-Ensemble Wien
2005-07-25 | Wien (Autriche), Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Atelierhaus (Semper-Depot) — 20.30 Uhr | Première soirée
Chef d'orchestre: Jan Latham-Koenig
Orchestre: Young Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra
2005-07-24 | Montepulciano (Italie), Teatro Poliziano — 18.00 h
Chef d'orchestre: Jan Latham-Koenig
Orchestre: Young Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra
2005-07-22 | Montepulciano (Italie), Teatro Poliziano — 21.15 h | Première nationale
Chef d'orchestre: Michael Rafferty
2005-07-21 | Buxton (Royaume Uni), Buxton Opera House — Buxton Festival
Chef d'orchestre: Michael Rafferty
2005-07-14 | Buxton (Royaume Uni), Buxton Opera House — Buxton Festival
Chef d'orchestre: Michael Rafferty
2005-07-09 | Cardiff (Royaume Uni), New Theatre
Chef d'orchestre: Michael Rafferty
2005-07-08 | Cardiff (Royaume Uni), New Theatre
Chef d'orchestre: Michael Rafferty
2005-07-05 | Mold (Royaume Uni), Clwyd Theatr Cymru
Chef d'orchestre: Michael Rafferty
2005-06-03 | Bath (Royaume Uni), Theatre Royal — Bath International Music Festival
Chef d'orchestre: Andrew Davis
Orchestre: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2005-05-15 | London (Royaume Uni), Barbican Hall — 14.00 h - Study Afternoon, Prompt Corner
Chef d'orchestre: Andrew Davis
Orchestre: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2005-05-14 | London (Royaume Uni), Barbican Hall — 19.30 h
Chef d'orchestre: Michael Rafferty
2005-05-10 | Basingstoke (Royaume Uni), The Anvil
Chef d'orchestre: Michael Rafferty
2005-05-04 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio Theatre
Chef d'orchestre: Michael Rafferty
2005-05-03 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio Theatre
Chef d'orchestre: Michael Rafferty
2005-04-30 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio Theatre | Première soirée
Chef d'orchestre: Richard Armstrong
2005-02-05 | Edinburgh (Royaume Uni), Edinburgh Festival Theatre — 19.15 h
Chef d'orchestre: Richard Armstrong
2005-02-03 | Edinburgh (Royaume Uni), Edinburgh Festival Theatre — 19.15 h
Chef d'orchestre: Richard Armstrong
2005-01-29 | Glasgow (Royaume Uni), Theatre Royal — 14.15 h
Chef d'orchestre: Richard Armstrong
2005-01-25 | Glasgow (Royaume Uni), Theatre Royal — 19.15 h
Chef d'orchestre: Richard Armstrong
2005-01-22 | Glasgow (Royaume Uni), Theatre Royal — 19.15 h
Chef d'orchestre: Richard Armstrong
2005-01-19 | Glasgow (Royaume Uni), Theatre Royal — 19.15 h | Première soirée
Chef d'orchestre: James Lockhart
1994-07-08 | London (Royaume Uni), Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music
Chef d'orchestre: James Lockhart
1994-07-07 | London (Royaume Uni), Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music
Chef d'orchestre: James Lockhart
1994-07-05 | London (Royaume Uni), Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music
Chef d'orchestre: James Lockhart
1994-07-04 | London (Royaume Uni), Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music
Chef d'orchestre: Philippe Nahon
1994-03-25 | Rennes (France), Rennes Opéra
Chef d'orchestre: Philippe Nahon
1994-03-23 | Rennes (France), Rennes Opéra
Chef d'orchestre: Philippe Nahon
1994-03-05 | Aulnay-sous-Bois (France), Espace Jacques Prevert
Chef d'orchestre: Philippe Nahon
1994-02-12 | La Rochelle (France), La Coursive
Chef d'orchestre: Philippe Nahon
1994-02-09 | Noisy-Le-Grand (France), Espace Michael Simon
Chef d'orchestre: Philippe Nahon
1994-01-27 | Orléans (France), Centre d\'Arts Contemporains
Chef d'orchestre: Philippe Nahon
1994-01-25 | Orléans (France), Centre d\'Arts Contemporains
Chef d'orchestre: Philippe Nahon
1994-01-22 | (France), Massy Theatre
Chef d'orchestre: Philippe Nahon
1994-01-18 | Paris (France), La Ferme du Buisson
Chef d'orchestre: Philippe Nahon
1994-01-15 | Paris (France), La Ferme du Buisson | Première nationale
Chef d'orchestre: Sian Edwards
Orchestre: Royal Opera
1988-01-01 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Opera House
Chef d'orchestre: Johannes Kalitzke
Orchestre: Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen
1987-01-01 | Gelsenkirchen (Allemagne), Musiktheater
Orchestre: BBC Symphony Orchestra
1975-02-15 | (Royaume Uni) | CD-Radio-TV-Production
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Rubenstein
Orchestre: Northwestern University
1974-02-24 | Chicago, IL (Etats Unis d' Amérique)
Chef d'orchestre: Bernard Rubenstein
Orchestre: Northwestern University
1974-02-22 | Chicago, IL (Etats Unis d' Amérique)
Chef d'orchestre: Sir Colin Davis
Orchestre: The Royal Opera
1970-12-17 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Opera House
Chef d'orchestre: Sir Colin Davis
Orchestre: The Royal Opera
1970-12-14 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Opera House
Chef d'orchestre: Sir Colin Davis
Orchestre: The Royal Opera
1970-12-11 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Opera House
Chef d'orchestre: Sir Colin Davis
Orchestre: The Royal Opera
1970-12-08 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Opera House
Chef d'orchestre: Sir Colin Davis
Orchestre: The Royal Opera
1970-12-05 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Opera House
Chef d'orchestre: Sir Colin Davis
Orchestre: The Royal Opera
1970-12-02 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Opera House | Première mondiale
Tippett · The Knot Garden, Act 1 Do, do not, do not torment me · sound clip
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