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Composer: Langer, Elena (b. 1974)

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Year of birth1974
NationalityRussia
Period20th century
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Impressive line-up at the London Piano Festival

Danny Driver and Melvyn Tan © ICA Media
Still only in its second year, the London Piano Festival has already established itself as a major player in the capital’s music scene.
*****
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Elena Langer's Figaro Gets a Divorce shines in Geneva

David Stout (Figaro) and Marie Arnet (Susanna) © GTG | Magali Dougados
Elena Langer's gorgeous and tongue-in-cheek Figaro Gets a Divorce shines in Geneva, despite David Pountney's boxy libretto. 
****1
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WNO's Figaro Gets a Divorce: a memorable night

Alan Oke (The Major) and Naomi O'Connell (Serafin) © Richard Hubert Smith
Elena Langer and David Pountney's new WNO opera Figaro Gets a Divorce did not disappoint. Langer's new refreshing score had flair and imagination in a memorable performance.
****1
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Michael Gordon's Timber resonates in San Francisco

Soprano Amy Foote with the specially built simantras
“Timber”, the word, conjures images of trees falling in the wilderness as lumberjacks yell out, of fragrant wood crackling in a fireplace, and of stacks of lumber waiting to be crafted into furniture by carpenters’ rough hands. Michael Gordon’s 2010 work Timber is just as evocative.
****1
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The Lion's Face

Fflur Wyn and Dave Hill, photo by Alastair Muir
The Lion's Face: The name comes from the clinicial description of the Alzheimer face with features settling into “leonine impassivity.” Librettist Glyn Maxwell spent five years researching this opera about dementia and this shines through in his portrayal of the life of an Alzheimer's patient in a nursing home.