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Chamber Operas: small stage — big impact

Chamber Operas: small stage — big impact

As the pandemic continues to affect the opera community profoundly, we have culled through our catalogs to share theater works for reduced instrumental forces with you. This selection of works, both new and old, is intended to help you program for small or unorthodox stages, outdoor venues, unstaged concert performances, or simply to allow for social distancing. It is our hope that each of the following works will deliver dramatic impact, regardless of size.

This selection of theater works is divided into the following categories based on instrumental forces rather than vocal requirements: up to 9 players, 10-14 players, 15-19 players, and 20-30 players.

Please contact your local Universal Music Publishing Classical office or agent for further information about any of the listed works.


Highlights

Up to 9 instrumentalists

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David Lang

the loser (2016)
text by David Lang,
based on a novel by Thomas Bernhard
Bar - pf solo - perc.vla.vc.db
Duration: 60'


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László Vidovszky

Narziss und Echo (1981)
Opera in one act, in 21 scenes
S.A.T.B - Chr (S.S.A) - cl.tpt.perc.vl.vc.pf
Duration: 24'

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10-14 instrumentalists

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Dai Fujikura

Solaris (2014)
Opera in four acts (based on Stanisław Lem’s novel “Solaris”)
S.T.2Bar.B - off stage Bar - 1.1.1.1 - 1.1.1.0 - perc - key - 1.1.1.1.1 - live-el
Duration: 90'

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Philip Venables

4.48 Psychosis (2016)
A chamber opera in one act, after Sarah Kane
3S.3Ms - afl(picc).3ssax(3barsax).2perc.pf(synth).acc.tape.vl(vla).2vla.db
Duration: 90'

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15-19 instrumentalists

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Pascal Dusapin

Passion (2006-2007)
S.B - Chr (2S.A.T.B.B) - 1.2.2.1 - 1.1.1.0 - hpsch.key(MIDI).hp.oud - 1.1.1.1.1
Duration: 85'

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Guo Wenjing

Wolf Cub Village (1994)
Opera da camera in 4 scenes, adapted from "A madman's Diary" by Lu Xun. Libretto by Zeng Li and Guo Wenjing (English/Chinese)
2S.C.T.Bar.2BBar.2B.B(profondo) -  fl(picc/headjoint).ob(ca/reed).cl(bcl/mouthpiece).4perc.2mand(1pl).git.hp.pf.2vl.vla.vc.db
Duration: 48'

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20-30 instrumentalists

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Salvatore Sciarrino

Luci mie traditrici (1996-1998)
Opera in due atti. Azione invisibile. Libretto by Salvatore Sciarrino after "Il tradimento per l’onore" by Giacinto Andrea Cicognini (1664), with an elegy by Claude Le Jeune (1608)
S.Ct.T -  2.0.1(=bcl).2asax.2 - 0.2.2.0 - perc - 1.1.1.1.1 (+ 1.1.1.0.0 for Act II Intermezzo)
Duration: 75'

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Hèctor Parra

WILDE (2014-2015)
2S.Ms.CT.T.B - Act(silent) - 2.2.2.2 - 2.2.2.1 - 2perc.hp – str
Duration: 120'






Up to 9 instrumentalists

If you are in search of the perfect theater work for the smallest venues or video capturing resources, browse this category to see the possibilities. 

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Georges Aperghis

Histoire de loups (1976)
opera, continuous action
5femVx.3malVx.4Bar - 1.0.2.0 - 0.0.0.0 - 2perc.pf - 0.0.0.2.1
Duration: 135'

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Liebestod (1981)
opera-concert
4S.4MS.Sp - 0.0.2.0 - 1.0.0.0 - 2perc.pf - 0.0.0.2.1
Duration: 75'

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l’Écharpe rouge (1984)
2femVx.3malVx.Chr.Act - 0.0.0.0 - 0.0.0.0 - 3Perc.2Pf - 0.0.0.0.0
Duration: 170'

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Ali N. Askin

the killer in me is the killer in you my love (2015)
S.Ms.T.Bar.Act - pf(key).e-git.perc(dr).sampler.vla.vc.db(e-bass)
Duration: 75'

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Máté Balogh
Diana Soh
Christian Fleury

Out at S.E.A. 123 (2013)
Chamber opera in one act, based on Slawomir Mrozek's play entitled Out at Sea
Ms.T.B - cl(bcl).vla.vc
Duration: 50'

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Nikolaus Brass

Sommertag (2013)
Chamber music theatre for 5 vocalists and 6 instrumentalists
2S.Ms.T.B.Mime - cl(bcl).perc.acc.vl.vla.db
Duration: 100'

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Pascal Dusapin

To Be Sung (1992-1993)
3S.Sp - tape - 1.1.1.0 - 0.1.1.0 - 0.0.0.1.1
Duration: 70'

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José Evangelista

La Porte (1987)
monodrama
S - perc
Duration: 45'

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Reinhard Febel

Morde in Bildern: 1. Frida (2005)
(Three chamber operas based on paintings)
A dream scene after "Unos quantos piquetitos" by Frida Kahlo
Music theatre for three voices and ensemble
S(Sp).Bar(Sp).Sp - fl(picc/bfl).2(bcl).perc.vl.vla.vc
Duration: 20'


Michael Gordon

Acquanetta (2005, rev. 2017)
text by Deborah Artman
3S.T.B - Chr(S.A) - e-git.key.vl.vla.vc.db
Duration: 70'

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What to Wear
(2005)
text by Richard Foreman
2S.A.T - Chr(S.A) - 2key.perc.e-git.dr.2vl.db (all amplified)
Duration: 65'

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Van Gogh
(1991)
text by Michael Gordon, based on letters by Van Gogh
S.T.Bar - cl(bcl).perc.e-gtr.pf.vl.vla.vc.db
Duration: 63'

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Georg Friedrich Haas

Thomas (2013)
Opera with a libretto by Händl Klaus
2S.Ms.2Ct.T.Bar.B - zither.2git.hp.mand.acc.2perc.cem
Duration: 100'
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Huang Ruo

Bound (2014)
Opera in one act
S.Ms.Bbar - fl.cl.trb.pf.vl.vc.Dan Bau and Dan Tranh (or pipa)
Duration: 60'

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Marcel Landowski

P'tit Pierre et la Sorcière du placard aux balais (1983)
Vx(child).S.Ms.Bar.B - Chr(children) - 7 players - tape
Duration: 55'

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David Lang

the loser (2016)
text by David Lang, based on a novel by Thomas Bernhard
Bar - pf solo - perc.vla.vc.db
Duration: 60'

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anatomy theater
(2016)
text by Mark Dion & David Lang
Ms.T.Bar - fl(picc).cl(bcl).tpt.perc.pf(acc).vl.vla.vc.db
Duration: 75'

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whisper opera
(2013)
text by David Lang
S - fl.cl.perc.vc
Duration: 60'

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Tod Machover

Valis (1987)
6Vx - hyperper.hyperkey.tape
Duration: 90'

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Philippe Manoury

La Frontière (2002)
chamber opera in 4 tableaux
6Vx - 1.1.0.0 - 0.0.0.0 - perc.key(MIDI) - 1.1.1.1.1
Duration: 90'

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Francois Meïmoun

Mews songs (2016)
3Vx - 2cl.4perc.2cb
Duration: 80'


Koka Nikoladze
Samu Gryllus
Mariana Ungureanu

Out at S.E.A. 456 (2013)
Chamber opera in one act, based on Slawomir Mrozek's play entitled Out at Sea
Ms.T.B - cl(bcl).vla.vc
Duration: 55'

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Marcello Panni

Hanjo (chamber version) (1993/2016)
Opera in un atto after Hanjo by Yukio Mishima. Libretto by the Composer
S.C.B - picc/fl.ebcl/cl/bcl.perc.pf.vl.vc
Duration: 47'

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Ionel Petroï

Dix scènes d’exercice de conversation
chamber opera
6Vx - 5players
Duration: 40'



Joseph Phibbs

Juliana (2017)
A chamber opera
S.Ms.Bar – fl.cl.perc.hp.2vl.vc.db
Duration: 75'

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Enno Poppe

Arbeit Nahrung Wohnung (2006-2007)
Stage music for 14 men
Ct.T.Bar.B - 4perc.4key(pf)
Duration: 100'

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Claude Prey

Théatrophonie (1971)
12Vx - pf
Duration: 50'



Les Liaisons dangereuses (1974)
5Vx - hpsch.pf.cel.org.hp
Duration: 130'



On veut la lumière ? Allons-y
(1968-1969)
musical fantasy by Claude Prey
Ms.2T.Bar.B - fl.hn.perc.pf.org(elec).hp.vl.vc.cb
Duration: 



Michele Reverdy

la Nuit qui suivit notre dernier dîner (1984)
pocket opera
Vx - fl.pf.vc
Duration: 20'


László Vidovszky

Narziss und Echo (1981)
Opera in one act, in 21 scenes
S.A.T.B - Chr (S.S.A) - cl.tpt.perc.vl.vc.pf
Duration: 24'

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Philip Venables

Denis & Katya (2019)
an amplified opera in two parts, Text by Ted Huffman
1Ms(ampl.)1Bar(ampl.) - 4vc(ampl.) - pre-recorded sound and video material
Duration: 65'

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Ian Wilson

Minsk (2006)
Chamber opera in seven scenes
2S.Ct - Chr - cl.tpt.acc.balalaika.perc.vl.db
Duration: 75'


Julia Wolfe

Anthracite Fields (2014)
text by Julia Wolfe
Chr - cl.e-git.perc.pf.vc.db
Duration: 65'

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Steel Hammer 
(2009)
text by Julia Wolfe
2S.A - cl.perc.git.pf.vc.db
Duration: 70'

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10-14 instrumentalists

If you are in search of ensemble works that allow for social distancing in pits or on-stage performances, browse this category to see the possibilities.

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Georges Aperghis

Les Boulingrin (2010)
opéra-bouffe for ensemble and 4 singers, on a libretto after "Les Boulingrin" by Georges Courteline
4Vx - bfl.0.2(bcl).tsax.0 - 1.0.0.0 - perc.pf.acc - 2vc
Duration: 70'

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Giorgio Battistelli

The Embalmer (L’imbalsamatore) (2001-2002)
Monodramma giocoso da camera. Text by Renzo Rosso. English version by David Parry
Act - cl(bcl).bsn(cbsn).hn.tpt.tbn.tba.perc.key.3vc.3db - live el
Duration: 70'

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Marco Betta

Che fine ha fatto la piccola Irene? (2002-2003)
Opera da camera in un atto. Libretto by Rocco Mortelliti, after 'Le inchieste del Commissario Collura' by Andrea Camilleri
Act.S.Ms.2T.Bar - 1.0.1.0 - 0.1.0.0 - perc.pf.key- 1.1.1.1.1 - C audio
Duration: 50'

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Oscar Bianchi

Thanks to my Eyes (2010-2011)
one-act opera
2S.CT.BB.Mime.Act - 1.rec.0.1.Sax.0 - 0.1.1.0 - perc.acc/samp - 1.0.1.1.1
Duration: 90'

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Philippe Boesmans

Julie (2004)
Oper in 1 Aufzug. Libretto after August Strindberg's 'Fräulein Julie' by Luc Bondy and Marie-Louise Bischofberger
S.Ms.Bar - fl(picc, bfl).ob(ca).cl(bcl, ebcl).bsn(cbsn).tpt.perc.hp.pf.2vl.2vle.vc.db
Duration: 90'

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Sylvano Bussotti

La Passion selon Sade (1965-1966)
Mystère de chambre avec Tableaux vivants précedé de Solo, avec un couple Rara et suivi d’une autre Phrase à trois. Text by Sylvano Bussotti
fl/afl/picc.ob.obam(or ca).cor.perc.2pf/cel/harm.org.2hp.vc
Duration: 75'

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Gérard Calvi

La cantatrice chauve (1996)
english opera
S.Ms.CA.T.2B.Dancer - 1.1.1.1 - 1.1.1.1 - 3perc.pf - 0.0.0.0.1
Duration: 135'

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Silvia Colasanti

La metamorfosi (2011)
Opera della solitudine in tre parti. Libretto by Pier Luigi  Pier’Alli, after Franz Kafka's novel.
Act/Dancer.S.2Ms.2T.Bar.B - 1.1.1.1 - 1.0.0.0 - 2perc – 1.1.1.1.1
Duration: 90'


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Azio Corghi

Giocasta (2008)
Tragedia lirica su testo di Maddalena Mazzocut-Mis
Ms.amplified female Sp - madrigal Chr(2S.2C.2T.2B) - solo vla - fl.ob.cl bsn.hn.tpt.trb.perc.2vl.vla.vc.cb

Duration: 75'
 

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Alexandre Desplat

En Silence (2018)
Chamber opera based on a short story by Yasunari Kawabata
T.Ms.Act - 3.0.3.0 - 0.0.0.0 - perc — 1.0.0.1.1
Duration: 75'

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Reinhard Febel

Morde in Bildern: 2. Gespensterhaus (2006)
(Three chamber operas based on paintings)A horror scene after “Haunted House” by Edward Hopper; Music theatre for four voices and ensemble
S.T.2Act - 2(picc).0.2(bcl).0 - perc.pf - 1.1.2.2.1(or 1.0.1.1.1)
Duration: 30'

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Luca Francesconi

Gesualdo Considered as a Murderer (2004)
Opera for the Concert Hall. Libretto di Vittorio Sermonti
S.T.Bar - Chr(Ct.2T.B) - 1(picc).1(ca).1(ebcl/bcl).0 - 2.2.2.1 - 2key - 1.0.0.1.0 - live el
Duration: 70'



Dai Fujikura

The Gold-Bug (2017 dt/engl, 2020 fr)
Opera (in English/German/French) for a young audience; based on Edgar Allan Poe's story "The Gold-Bug"
S.2Ms.Bar.T.B - 1.0.1.1 - 1.0.1.0 - perc - 1.1.1.1.1
Duration: 70'

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Solaris (2014)
Opera in four acts (based on Stanisław Lem’s novel “Solaris”)
S.T.2Bar.B - off stage Bar - 1.1.1.1 - 1.1.1.0 - perc - key - 1.1.1.1.1 - live-el
Duration: 90'

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Huang Ruo

An American Soldier, one act version (2015)
Opera in one act
Ms.2T.2Bar.2Bbar.B - fl.ob.cl.bsn.hn.trt.trb.perc.2vl.vla.vc.cb
Duration: 65'

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René Koering

La Lune vague (1982)
3Vx - 1(picc/afl/bfl).0.1.0 – 1.0.0.0 – timp.2perc.pf.
2synth – 0.0.0.1.0 - tape
Duration: 90'



Vladimir Kojoukharov

Le Vent et la Petite Fille (1988)
Vxs(children) - Chr - 2.0.2.1 - 0.0.0.0 - perc.cel.pf.hp - 1.1.0.2.1
Duration: 45'

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Republica ! Republica ! (1990)
Vxs(teenager).Vx(child) - 11 to 13 players
Duration: 62'

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Cendrillon (1994)
Vxs(teenager) - Chr(children) - 12 players+
Duration: 50'

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Vittorio Montalti

Le leggi fondamentali della stupidità umana. (Opera quasi intelligente) (2019)
Opera based on Carlo M.Cipolla’s satire "The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity". Libretto by Giuliano Compagno
S.C.T.B. - 1.1.1.1. - 1.0.1.0 - perc.key (MIDI).toy pf - 1.1.1.1.1 - elec
Duration: 60'

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Hèctor Parra

Das geopferte Leben (2013)
opera on a libretto by Marie NDiaye
3S.B - baroque ens: hp.2vl.vla da braccia.vle de gambe.lte - ens: fl(picc/bfl).ob.cl.perc.vl.vla.vc 
Duration: 93'

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Marco Stroppa

Re Orso (2008-2011)
Leggenda di Arrigo Boito. Libretto by Catherine Ailloud-Nicolas and Giordano Ferrari
S.Ms.Ct.T.Act - Sp/acc - Disklavier, el - ob(ca).cl(cbcl).bsn.tpt.trb.hn.acc.vl.vla.vc.jazzdb 

Duration: 80'



Eric Tanguy

Photo d’un enfant avec une trompette (2011)
chamber opera on a libretto by Michel Blanc after "Auntie & Me" by Morris Panych
T - Act - 1.0.1.0 - 0.1.0.0 - perc - pf - 1.0.1.1.0
Duration: 70'

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Philip Venables

4.48 Psychosis (2016)
A chamber opera in one act, after Sarah Kane
3S.3Ms - afl(picc).3ssax(3barsax).2perc.pf(synth).acc.tape.vl(vla).2vla.db
Duration: 90'

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Guo Wenjing

Ye Yan / The Night of the Banquet (2001)
Chamber opera in four scenes op. 35
Beijing Opera Ct or lyric T.2S.T.Bar.Bbar. - fl(picc, afl, Chinese bamboo afl).ob(ca).cl(bcl).4perc.hp.pipa (female perfomer on the stage).2vl.vla.vc.cb
Duration: 80'

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15-19 instrumentalists

If you are back in the hall and want a fuller sound while limiting performers, browse this category to see the possibilities.

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Giorgio Battistelli

The Cenci (1997)
Teatro di musica after Antonin Artaud. Text by Giorgio Battistelli and Nick Ward from English version by David Parry. Literal translation by Myriam Ascharki
4Act(amplified) - 1.0.3(III bcl).0 - 0.1.1.1 - 2perc.bell - vla.2vc.2db - live el
Duration: 80'

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Philippe Boesmans

Reigen (version for chamber orchestra. Transcription by Fabrizio Cassol) (1993-2003)
Libretto di Luc Bondy after Arthur Schnitzler
3S.3T.2Ct.2Bar - 1(picc).1(ca).1(ebcl).1(cbsn) -  0.1.1.0 – timp.perc.hp.pf.cel – 3.0.2.2.1
Duration: 165'

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Nikolaus Brass

Die Vorübergehenden (2017)
Music theatre in 2 parts and an epilogue with libretto by Nikolaus Brass, using poems by Tomas Tranströmer, Rose Ausländer and Mahmoud Darwish.
S.A.Ct.2T.2Bar - Chr - Child - 2.2.2.2sax.0 - 1.1.1.0 - 2perc .acc - 2vl.2vla.vc - video - tape
Duration: 120'

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Carmen Cârneci

Giacometti (1994/95, 2001)
Spiel ja, Erotik ja, unruhig ja, Zerstörer ja, ja - chamber opera (“play yes, érotique yes, restless yes, destructive yes, yes”)
2S.Ms.A.2Bar.2T.Sp - vc solo - 1(picc/ afl).1.2(bcl).1(cbsn) - 1.1.1.0 - 3perc.hp.pf(cel) - 1.1.1.1.1. - audi playback. ad lib.
Duration: 90'



Luciano Chailly

L'aumento (1996)
Opera da camera in un atto. Text by Dino Buzzati from his comedy L'aumento'
Ms.T.Bar.B. - 1(picc).1.1 (bcl).1 - 1.1.1.0 - perc.pf. - 1.1.1.1.1 - offstage: prepared pf.perc
Duration: 30'


La cantatrice calva (1982)
Opera da camera in un atto dall’anti-commedia di E. Jonesco. Translation by G.R. Morteo, adaptation by the Composer.
2S.Ms.Ct.T.Bar.B – 1(picc).1(=obam).2(I hklp, II bthn).1(=cbsn) – mand.mndla.git.hp.clav – 2vl.vla.vc.db – offstage: clock, bell
Duration: 70'

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Alberto Colla

Delitto e Dovere (2017)
Opera lirica in un atto. Libretto by the composer, loosely based on Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Savile’s crime - A study of Duty
Act.2S.Ms.Ct.T.Bar.B - 1(picc).1.1(bcl).tsax.1(cbsn) - 1.2(II flügelhorn).1.1 - 1perc - 3.0.2.1.1
Duration: 75'

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Marius Constant

La tragédie de Carmen (1981)
adaptation after Georges Bizet, Henri Meilhac, Ludovic Halévy and Proper Mérimée
S.Ms.T.Bar.2Act - 1.1.1.1 - 1.1.1.0 - perc.pf.hp - 1.1.1.1.1
Duration: 80'

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Violeta Dinescu

Eréndira (1991)
Chamber opera in six scenes
3S.A(or B).2T.2Bar.B - small choir (ad lib.) - 1.1.1.1 - 1.1.1.0 - 3perc.git.pf(cem.org.cel.synth) - 1.1.1.1.1
Duration: 70'



Franco Donatoni

Alfred, Alfred (1995)
Sette scene e sei intermezzi, Text by the Composer
3S.MS.Ct/S.2B.5Act - fl(picc/afl).ob(ca).cl(ebcl/bcl).bsn.hn.tpt.trb.perc.mand.git.hp.clav.vl.vla.vc.db
Duration: 35'

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Pascal Dusapin

Passion (2006-2007)
S.B - Chr (2S.A.T.B.B) - 1.2.2.1 - 1.1.1.0 - hpsch.key(MIDI).hp.oud - 1.1.1.1.1
Duration: 85'

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Peter Eötvös

Lady Sarashina (reduced version) (2006-2007)
Opera in nine tableaux, reduced version by Gregory Vajda
2S.Ms.Bar - 0.0.3.sax.0 - 1.1.1.0 - 2perc.cel - 3.0.2.2.2
Duration: 80'

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Reinhard Febel

Morde in Bildern: 3.  Raum 17 (2008)
(Three chamber operas based on paintings)After the painting "Rokeby Venus" by Diego Velasquez; Music theatre for four voices and chamber ensemble
S.T.2Act - 2(picc/bfl).0.2(II bcl).0 - perc - pf.cem.hp.git - 1.1.2.2.1(or 1.0.1.1.1)
Duration: 30'



Matteo Franceschini

Zazie (version for 19 instruments) (2011-2015)
Œuvre de théâtre musical d’après Zazie dans le métro de Raymond Queneau. Libretto by Michel Beretti
Act.S.Bar - orchestra 1.1.1.1 - 1.1.1.0 - perc.hp - 1.1.1.1.1; Ensemble cl.tba.acc.vl.db
Duration: 50'

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Alice (version for 18 instruments) (2015-2019)
Oeuvre de théâtre musical d’après 'Les Aventures d’Alice aux pays des merveilles' de Lewis Carroll. Libretto by Edouard Signolet
2S.Ms.T.Bar – 1(picc).1(ca).1(bcl).1(cbsn) - 1.2.1.1 - 2perc.acc.hp - 1.1.1.1.1
Duration: 75'

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Heiner Goebbels

Schwarz auf Weiß (1995-1996)
Music theatre for 18 musicians
1.1.1.bcl(ssax.tsax).1 - 1.1.1.0 - 2perc.2acc(clavichord.samp) - 3vl.vla.vc.db(e-bass)
Duration: 75'

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Guo Wenjing

Wolf Cub Village (1994)
Opera da camera in 4 scenes, adapted from "A madman's Diary" by Lu Xun. Libretto by Zeng Li and G. Wenjing (English/Chinese)
2S.C.T.Bar.2BBar.2B.B(profondo) - fl(picc/headjoint).ob(ca/reed).cl(bcl/mouthpiece).4perc.2mand(1pl).git.hp.pf.2vl.vla.vc.db
Duration: 48'

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Liza Lim

Tree of Codes (2015)
‘Cut-outs in time’ – An opera
S.Bar.Sp - 2.1.1.1 - 1.1.1.1 - perc.pf - 2.0.1.1.1 - live-el
Duration: 80'

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Bruno Maderna

Satyricon (1971-1973)
3S.Ms.T.Bar.B - Chr - 1.1.2.1 - 0.1.2.1 - 2perc.pf.hp - 1.1.1.1.1
Duration: 80'

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Enno Poppe

IQ (2011-2012)
Test battery in eight acts
A(Sp).S.Ms.Bar - 0.0.2(bcl.2cbcl).sax(asax.barsax).0 - 1(twtb).1.0.0 - 2perc.acc.key(with technik/computerkeyboard) - 1.1.1.1.1 - live-el (except for test leader and acc., all vocalists and intrumentalists with git)
Duration: 100'



Claude Prey

L'Escalier de Chambord (1980)
S.Ms.2T.B - 1supernumerary - 1.1.1.1 - 1.1.1.0 - timp.perc.hpsch.cel.pf.hp - 0.0.0.4.1
Duration: 60'


Isidora Žebeljan

Zora D. (2003)
Oper in einem Akt. Libretto by Borislav Čičovački, Milica Žebeljan, Isidora Žebeljan after a text by Dušan Ristić. German rhythmic version by Wolfgang Willaschek
S.2Ms.Bar - fl(picc/afl).cl(bcl).bn.asax(ssax).hn.tpt.2perc.hp.pf.2vl.vla.vc.db
Duration: 65'

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Maratonci. Eine Marathone Familie (2008)
Oper in einem Akt und 14 Szenen
Act.S.Ms.2T.2Bar.B - 1(picc).1(ca,ocarina).2(I ebcl, II bcl/ocarina).1(cbsn) - 1.2.0.1 - perc.theremin.cimb.pf. - 1.1.1.1.1
Duration: 90'

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20-30 instrumentalists

If you are in search of large ensemble works to offer the richness of a full orchestra when you cannot have all the players, browse this category to see the possibilities.

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Luca Francesconi

Quartett (2010-2011)
for large-small orchestras, chorus and electronics
Opera in tredici scene
Dall’omonima pièce teatrale di Heiner Müller, liberamente tratta da 'Les liaisons dangereuses' di Pierre-Ambroise-François Choderlos de Laclos
Libretto di Luca Francesconi
S.Bar - S.Ct.T.B Chr(or on CD) - offstage orch on CD - pit orch: 2(picc).1(ca).2(II bcl).1 - 1.2.1.0 - 2perc.hp.pf/cel.2key - 1.1.1.2.1 - elec
Duration: 80'

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Quartett (2010-2011)
German version
for large-small orchestras, chorus and electronics 
Oper in 3 Akten
Musik und Text von Luca Francesconi nach dem gleichnamigen Schauspiel von Heiner Müller
S.Bar - S.Ct.T.B Chr(or on CD) - offstage orch on CD - pit orch: 2(picc).1(ca).2(II bcl).1 - 1.2.1.0 - 2perc.hp.pf/cel.2key - 1.1.1.2.1 - elec
Duration: 80'

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Tibor Harsányi

Les Invités (1927-1928)
one-act opera
Vxs - Chr - 1.0.1.sax.0  — 0.2.0.0 — perc.pf — str
Duration: 15'


Vladimir Kojoukharov

Le Paradis des chats (1986)
Vx(children's) - perc ens
Duration: 40-50'

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Bernhard Lang

Der Reigen (2012)
Music theatre for 5 voices and 25 instruments,  after Arthur Schnitzler's Der Reigen (1920)
S.Ms.Ct.Bar - 1.1.1.1.sax - 1.1.1.0 - perc.dr - 2synth - 6.0.3.2.2
Duration: 90'

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Sarah Nemtsov

Herzland (2005)
Chamber opera in five acts chamber opera in five acts with excerpts from the correspondence Paul Celan – Gisèle Celan-Lestrange
Ms.Bar - 2fl.cl.bsn.trb.acc.str(4.4.3.2.1)
Duration: 30'

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Olga Neuwirth

Bählamms Fest (1993/1998)
Music theatre in 13 pictures after Leonora Carrington and a libretto by Elfriede Jelinek
fl.cl.bcl.sax.bsn - hn.2tpt.trb.tba - 2perc - egit.acc.of.theremin - 2vl.vla.2vc.db - live-electronic.samples
Duration: 95'

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Sergej Newski

Franziskus (2008-2012)
Chamber opera in four scenes after the work “Heiliger Franz” by Claudius Lunestedt for soloist, mixed choir and large ensemble
Ct.S.Sp - Chr(4S.4A.4T.4B) - 2(2picc).1(ca).2.asax.tsax.0 - 1.1.2.0 - 4perc(in the room).acc.pf - 1.1.1.1.1
Duration: 60'

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Hèctor Parra

WILDE (2014-2015)
2S.Ms.CT.T.B - Act(silent) - 2.2.2.2 - 2.2.2.1 - 2perc.hp - str
Duration: 120'

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Claude Prey

Le Rouge et le Noir (1989)
7 roles.3 children.6Vx Chr - 2.2.2.2 - 2.2.2.1 - perc.2 hp - 2.2.2.2.2
Duration: 140'



Salvatore Sciarrino

Luci mie traditrici (1996-1998)
Opera in due atti. Azione invisibile. Libretto by Salvatore Sciarrino after "Il tradimento per l’onore" by Giacinto Andrea Cicognini (1664), with an elegy by Claude Le Jeune (1608)
S.Ct.T -  2.0.1(=bcl).2asax.2 - 0.2.2.0 - perc - 1.1.1.1.1 (+ 1.1.1.0.0 for Act II Intermezzo)
Duration: 75'

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Macbeth (2002)
Tre atti senza nome. Libretto di Salvatore Sciarrino (da Shakespeare)
S.Ct.T.2Bar - Chr(S.Ms.T.Bar.B) - pit orch: 2.ca.bcl.barsax.1 - 1.1.1.0 - perc.cel - 1.0.1.1.1 - on stage orch: fl.ob.cl.tsax.tpt.perc.pf.vl.vc
Duration: 145'

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