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An opera in one act, based on texts by Juan Carlos Marset. "The guards of the Sanhedrin are hunting for Lazarus, after Jesus of Nazareth's arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. Lazarus flees to his home, where he lives with his sisters Martha and Mary, before finally taking refuge in his tomb. There, in dreams, he relives his own past death and encounters Jesus' four most trusted disciples (Simon, Andrew, John and Jacob) and Judas. On waking from his sleep, Lazarus returns to his home. A meeting is taking place between the four disciples, his sisters and Judas, who attempts to excuse his treachery and convince the others to follow his plans. Judas fails in his endeavor, and Lazarus decides to give himself up to the guards and die once more, only this time in a fully aware state. The opera house Theater Kiel recently garnered much praise in German-speaking territories for its performances of Halffter's opera
(following the Madrid premiere in 2003). Cristóbal Halffter entrusted his new opera
to the same house, which mounted the first performance in May 2008, using much the same cast. The entire production was filmed and edited by NEOS. Reviews of the opera
'On Sunday May 4, we were among the eager public at the Kiel Opera watching the premiere of Cristóbal Halffter's magnificent opera
. At the age of 78, the great Spanish composer is in every word, every sound and every gesture, the grand seigneur of the old school, the humanist insightful of human emotions, the aesthete of harmonious proportions, richly inspired.'
-- (Peter Krause Die Welt, 06.05.2008)
'The piece opens space after space of subtle, iridescent orchestral structures that unfold symphonically in four major interludes. In the action scenes, the music follows the reading of the Spanish text, to which the orchestra lends a gentle rhythmic impetus. What impresses us here is the composer's utter dominance of the whole ensemble, the way the personal tone Halffter uses in his music conveys to us his own religious convictions. With Lázaro he has created an opera worthy to take its place beside the great spiritual works.'
-- (Christian Wildhagen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 06.05.2008)" NTSC All Region; Dolby Digital 5.1; 6:9; Approx. 111 mins. Includes 136-page libretto.
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