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October 27, 2006

American Premiere of Claude Debussy’s La Chute de la Maison Usher on October 27th, 2006!

Butler Opera Center

August 2006

Debussy's Unfinished Poe Opera at the Bregenz Festival in Austria

I am a performing arts critic and journalist, and am preparing for the “world premiere” of the stage version of Claude Debussy’s operatic treatment of the story.

Your Web site indicates that you are aware that Claude Debussy began an opera on the Poe text, but left it incomplete at the time of his death in 1918.  You are probably, aware, too, that the fragment has been completed by Robert Orledge, and it will have its world premiere at the Bregenz Festival in western Austria – as La chute de la maison Usher – this weekend.  I will attend the performance next Sunday, 13 August.

The fragment is not long enough for a full evening, so director Phyllidia Lloyd and choreographer Kim Brandstrup will preface the opera with dance works, using Debussy’s ballet scores for Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Jeux, to suggest the history of the Usher twins prior to the opening of the story.

I will review the production for Opera News, and possibly for Variety (if it is of high artistic merit and warrants international attention beyond the opera world). 

Larry L. Lash

Vienna, Austria


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