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Divara – Wasser und Blut (Divara, Water and Blood) is a German-language opera by Azio Corghi to a libretto by the composer after the play In Nomine Dei by José Saramago,[1][2] which tells the story of the Dutch "Anabaptist queen" Divara van Haarlem and the Münster Rebellion of 1534.

The opera was premiered at Theater Münster 31 October 1993.[3][4] The opera had originally been conceived for performance in Italian, as Divara – aqua e sangre, as the composer's previous collaboration with Saramago, Blimunda, based on the 1994 novel Baltasar and Blimunda (original title Memorial do convento).[5]

RecordingsEdit

  • Divara – Wasser und Blut Münster Symphony Orchestra, Münster City Theater Chorus Musikverein Chorus, conductor: Will Humburg, 1993 Naxos Records

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Peter Badge, Nikolaus Turner, Nobel Faces, 2008, p. 52 3527406786 "Jose Saramago for his opera Divara.
  2. ^ Mario Pasi, Storia della musica, Volume 1, p. 122 8816439165, 1995. "Divara (Wasser und Blut, 1993), dramma musicale in tre arti, dal dramma teatrale In Nomine Dei di José Saramago, libretto di Azio Corghi e José Saramago, per voci (cantanti e recitanti), coro, coro popolare, orchestra ed Elettronica"
  3. ^ Charles H. Parsons, Opera premiere reviews and re-assessments, 0889460620, 1997. "Divara – Wasser und Blut (Münster: Stadttheater, 1993). Clements, Andrew: Friday Review: Music: Classical CD: Corghi: Divara – Wasser und Blut. The Guardian, February 16, 2001, p. Friday. 19 Parsons, Charles H.: Corghi: Divara – Wasser."
  4. ^ Keith Anderson The A to Z of Opera, 2000, p. 148 9626347104. "1993 Libretto by the composer and Jose Saramago, First performed in the City Theatre, Münster, on 31 October 1993. Divara – Wasser und Blut (Divara – Water and Blood) deals with the Anabaptist seizure of Münster in 1534."
  5. ^ Fearn Italian Opera Since 1945