Eric Nielsen

The new production of the opera “Lear” by Aribert Reimann, which dates from 1978, was one of the high points in the recent history of the Frankfurt Opera and a wonderful preparation for staging a genuine Reimann premiere at the opera house in Frankfurt. The opera “Medea”, with a libretto written by the composer and based on Franz Grillparzer’s text, was created for the Vienna State Opera. Its Viennese premiere took place in February 2010; six months later, the curtain went up on the German premiere at the Frankfurt Opera.
Claudia Barainsky, who has previously worked with Aribert Reimann on a number of projects, sings the title role; Michael Nagy and Tim Severloh have also collaborated closely with the composer in the past.
The Frankfurt Opera has gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure that the musical action is transferred to the sound recording system perfectly: the specially designed recording concept and equipment is tailor made to suit the Frankfurt auditorium perfectly and it produces a live recording that also meets the high standards of audiophiles.
Aribert Reimann: Medea OC 955