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Composer: Reimann, Aribert (b. 1936)

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Year of birth1936
NationalityGermany
Period20th century
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Death lurks: Aribert Reimann's L'Invisible

Stephen Bronk (Großvater / Der Alte / Aglovale) © Bernd Uhlig
In L’Invisible, which had its première last weekend at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Aribert Reimann has condensed three plays by Maeterlinck into bite-size chunks that vanish before they can be savoured.
***11
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Peat graves: Reimann's Medea at the Komische Oper

Nicole Chevalier (Medea) © Monika Rittershaus
A woman, mother and outcast needs to make life choices in a hostile environment.
*****
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Reimann’s murderous Medea at the Staatsoper

Monica Bohinec (Gora) and Claudia Barainsky (Medea) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
In 2010, the première of Reimann's Medea was welcomed with enthusiasm, leading the Staatsoper to relaunch it this season for a second run.
****1
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Birthday celebrations in Berlin for Aribert Reimann

Deutsche Oper Berlin present an eclectic concert in celebration of the life and career of composer Aribert Reimann.
***11
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Fine Budapest cast tears into lacerating Lear

Éva Bátori, István Kovács, Caroline Melzer, Tomás Tómasson, Szilvia Rálik © Péter Rákossy
In a reconstruction of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s production for the world première of Reimann’s soul-pummelling Lear, the staging stands the test of time, but the cast and orchestra leave the biggest impression.
****1
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