BBC Symphony Orchestra: David Lang's Prisoner Of The State
David Lang prisoner of the state (European premiere; Barbican co-commission*)
*Produced by the Barbican and BBC SO
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov conductor
Elkhanah Pulitzer director
Claron McFadden The Assistant
Jarrett Ott The Prisoner
Alan Oke The Leader
Davne Tines The Jailor
215 years after the first performance of Beethovens Fidelio, David Langs fresh view of the operas story and reflection on its enduring power receives its European premiere.
Beethoven loved the idea of freedom, but Lang's prisoner of the state re-examines Fidelio and discovers that in the 21st century, the issues that it raises about gender and personal identity are more than a match for the ideals of the enlightenment.
Langs ability to glimpse the emotional heart and soul of a story within his focused, distilled and highly absorbing music has won him a Pulitzer Prize. In this opera designed for performance with an orchestra on stage, both instrumentalists and audience bear witness to the story of a woman striving to rescue her partner from unjust imprisonment.
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