A Babylonian opera by Widmann and Sloterdijk

The new Babylon

Jörg Widmann, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Groot Omroepkoor,
Nederlands Kamerkoor

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The Israelite exile Tammu and the priestess Inanna declare their love for each other within the walls of Babylon. Tammu is sacrificed, and Inanna descends into the underworld to bring back her lover. Babylon is the second opera by Jörg Widmann, who studied under Wolfgang Rihm. Philosopher Peter Sloterdijk wrote the libretto. The world premiere at the Bavarian State Opera in 2012 was spectacular, thanks to Widmann’s overwhelming music. A concert version is being performed at the NTR Saturday Matinee. The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Choir and the Nederlands Kamerkoor, conducted by Markus Stenz, promise virtuoso vocal scores and a ‘Babylonian’ polyphony of styles and sounds.

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