In the opera Wind by Alexander Moosbrugger and Flaka Haliti, the protagonist Poliphilo wanders through outlandish worlds that he finds himself in during his dreams. The book on which the opera is based, Francesco Colonna's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, describes a transformed, enchanted nature with mysterious gardens in which nymphs cavort. Such sensual descriptions of nature were evoked in music by many composers of the Renaissance and early Baroque, which in turn composers of today reference in their work. The acoustics of Kunsthaus Bregenz are particularly well suited to the dazzling polyphony of that period – and the KUB will be filled with such bewitching sounds in this concert by Hanna Herfurtner, who sings Polia, Poliphilo's beloved, in Moosbrugger's Wind, together with selected colleagues. Along with compositions from the 15th and 16th century, by Josquin Desprez and Claudio Monteverdi, we will also hear contemporary music by the Italian composer Lucia Ronchetti. Her piece Blumenstudien from 2013 reinterprets madrigals by Carlo Gesualdo and fashions them into a new work, using poetic texts such as Johann Wolfgang Goethe's elegy Die Metamorphose der Pflanzen.
Soprano Hanna Herfurtner, Olivia Stahn
Contralto Amélie Saadia
Tenor Tim Karweick
Bass Felix Schwandtke
Theorbe Lee Santana