Personalities | Judith Weir | Modern Era | Opera

b. 1954, British

Combining stylistic versatility with a strong compositional voice, Weir’s interests in narrative, theatre and folklore are well suited to opera. She also writes her own libretti. With themes ranging from Chinese Yuan Dynasty drama, Icelandic sagas and German romanticism, and a fine understanding of the voice, her operas have earned a secure place in the repertoire. Weir’s first full scale opera, A Night at the Chinese Opera, was premiered in 1987, with regular revivals since. Her more recent works are The Vanishing Bridegroom, Blond Eckbert and Armida (premiered as a television broadcast in 2005). She was appointed Master of the Queen’s Music in 2014.

Recommended Recording:
Blond Eckbert, Orchestra of English National Opera; Sian Edwards, conductor; NMCD106; Soloists: Nicholas Folwell (Blond Eckbert), Anne-Marie Owens (Berthe), Christopher Ventris (Walter), Nerys Jones (A bird)

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