This evening offers a unique chance to experience one of the 20th century’s most significant operas. The Italian composer Luigi Dallapiccola’s The Prisoner is an unforgettable story about the last night in a prisoner’s life.
The opera opens with a gleam of hope lighting up a prison cell, and through the opera we follow a prisoner sentenced to death on his way out through the sinister prison halls. The opera was written in the years after World War II, but is set during the Spanish Inquisition, with a political prisoner imprisoned and awaiting his death. The opera describes the prisoner’s hope of freedom, which remains alive – almost until the end. The Prisoner is a shocking piece; a short, concentrated, thought-provoking opera lasting under an hour that has earned its status as a classic of post-war music. For this concert performance, which is part of the Golden Days Festival 2019, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the great Italian opera conductor Gianandrea Noseda and three international vocal soloists, who also feature on the orchestra’s subsequent CD recording for the record label Chandos.