European premiere of Angel's Bone by Du Yun

European premiere of Angel's Bone by Du Yun
Performance at Staatstheater Augsburg, Germany
© Jan-Pieter Fuhr

The opera Angel's Bone composed by Du Yun, with a libretto by Royce Vavrek, receives its European premiere at the Staatstheater Augsburg on February 4. Ivan Demidov conducts the Philharmonic Orchestra Augsburg and the choir of Staatstheater Augsburg, and Antje Schupp is stage director. This new production offers the world premiere performances of a larger, more traditional orchestration which was created by Du Yun and commissioned by Staatstheater Augsburg.

Du Yun won the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2017 for this opera in which she combines elements of diverse musical styles including musical theatre, cabaret, punk rock and electronics. In Angel's Bone, Du and Vavrek explore the dark implications and motivations of modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

Disturbing, powerful and original
Anne Midgette, The Washington Post

Two fallen angels, whose nostalgia for earthly delights brings them back to earth, are found by a husband and wife who nurse them back to health after their long, exhausting journey. Soon after the angels are imprisoned and exploited by the couple in order to gain back their plucked feathers.

The premiere is followed by five performances taking place on: February 27, March 2, April 23, April 26 and May 14. For more information, see the website of Staatstheater Augsburg.


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Du Yun’s most recent opera, the monodrama In Our Daughter's Eyes (with librettist Michael Joseph McQuilkin) and starring Nathan Gunn, was a featured work in New York City’s Prototype Festival in January. This monodrama for baritone and large ensemble about a man coming to terms with impending fatherhood and pregnancy loss was praised as "verismo opera for today" and its "intriguing and varied score."

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