Ensemble Modern Releases Pascal Dusapin’s ›Passion‹ on its own Label

In 2008 Ensemble Modern gave the world premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s ›Passion‹ at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; ever since it has performed the chamber opera in Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt and at other venues. Now this opus about the ever-meaningful subject of love, which is as effective in concert as it is on stage, will be released on its own label, Ensemble Modern Media. Franck Ollu conducts Ensemble Modern; the soloists are Keren Motseri (soprano) and Georg Nigl (baritone) as well as the Vocalconsort Berlin. The recording is a co-production with hr2-kultur and IRCAM Paris.


The French composer Pascal Dusapin (b. 1955) has chosen a title that also encompasses his own feelings for musical theatre: ›Passion‹ (2006-08) is his sixth opera. The focus of the colourful work is on feelings, interpersonal relationships and stirrings of the soul. Dusapin focuses on ›L’Orfeo‹ (1606/07) and other operas by Claudio Monteverdi, extending the feelings Monteverdi once ascribed to his protagonists. Dusapin’s stage work ›Passion‹ uses a loose sequence of images representing what we are familiar with and what defines our lives: fear, joy, horror, delight, pain, curiosity and desire. And because its protagonists are simply named ›He‹ and ›She‹, it is also timeless.

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