Hans Abrahamsen wrote this enchanting work especially for Barbara Hannigan. The work is based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, where poet Paul Griffiths compiled Ophelia’s words into a dramatic monologue, and Abrahamsen then set these words to music using a fascinatingly transparent yet sensual and intense musical language.
The tour begins on 25 October at Dresden’s Kulturepalast. Further performances take place at Köln’s Philharmonie (28 October), Dortmund’s Konzerthaus (30 October), and Bamberg’s Konzert und Kongresshalle (1 November). The tour comes to a close at Wiener Konzerthaus on 3 November.
Abrahamsen’s work is paired with Bruckner’s Symphony No.4 in Dresden, Köln and Dortmund, and with Brahms’ Symphony No.2 in Vienna and Bamberg.