Composition commission „Onkel Präsident“ issued to Friedrich Cerha

Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich, Germany

Indubitably one of the most important composers of the present day Friedrich Cerha will be presenting his fourth complete opera, a conservative musical comedy in one prelude and one act – in the form of Onkel Präsident (Uncle President). In addition to his numerous instrumental works Cerha went down in music history for his completion of Alban Berg’s opera fragment Lulu. Recently awarded the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize the composer approaches the comical subject in his musical farce Onkel Präsident and at the same time entertainingly reflects the approach of modern opera. The subject is based on Molnar’s play Eins, Zwei, Drei that drew world acclaim in Billy Wilder’s film version of 1961. The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation is supporting the completion of the opera Onkel Präsident.

June 1 –14, 2013
Prinzregententheater, Munich, Germany

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