Die Rote Kaiserin  




monodrama for soprano, tape and percussion


the red empress





10’00  |  2004  |  German


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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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Festspielhaus Hellerau in Dresden

Monique Krüs performing The Red Empress, August 2004, Dresden

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