monodrama for soprano, tape and percussion
10’00 | 2004 | German
LUN 1001 Die Rote Kaiserin
Libretto Gerard Harleman
Commission The Palmhaus Festival for New Music, Dresden
Premiere August 26th 2004, Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden
Instrumentation soprano, tape and percussion
This first (short) opera of Krüs was written at the request of Hans Rotman, director of The Palmhaus Festival in Dresden. He invited Krüs - who is also a soprano - to sing the lead in his Red Empress and invited her to write a small monodrama on the same subject.
She composed ‘Die Rote Kaiserin’ on a text by Gerard Harleman about the life of Jian Qing, the wife of Mao. Krüs recorded all instruments on tape but added live-percussion.
Artist Ludo Winkelman created four huge portraits of Jian Qing which matched the atmosphere in the large concerthall in Dresden, a former Russian army base.
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