Isidora Zebeljan
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Isidora Zebeljan
ISIDORA ŽEBELJAN (Belgrade,1967) has attracted international attention with her opera Zora D. which was commissioned by the Genesis Foundation from London. The opera was premiered in Amsterdam in 2003 and directed by David Pountney and Nicola Raab. The same production opened the 50th season of the Vienna Chamber Opera in 2003. Describing the music of Isidora Žebeljan, David Pountney wrote: ”When I was trawling through the entries for the Genesis Opera Prizes 1, amidst an absolute welter of indistinguishable representatives of what one might call ‘academic modernism’, Isidora Žebeljan’s music struck me immediately as something original, fresh, and above all emotionally expressive – a rare commodity, but an essential one for interesting theatrical story telling.”(From the booklet for the opening of the 50th season of the Vienna Chamber Opera.) John Manger, former Managing Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, has said of Isidora that she has “a genuinely original voice and a truly impressive talent. The musicians of the Academy who have worked with her cannot praise her highly enough. Her professionalism and craft are amazing, and her original talent is of the first order.” (From the site www.genesisfoundation.org.uk). The success of Zora D (performed 22 times in five European countries in four years) was followed by numerous commissions by significant institutions and festivals: 2003 – Song of a Traveller in the Night, for clarinet and string quartet, commissioned by the Genesis Foundation for the opening of The Passions exhibition by Bill Viola in the National Gallery in London. The premiere was performed by the members of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in October 2003, in the National Gallery in London. 2004 – The Horses of St. Mark, Illumination for Orchestra, commissioned by the Venice Biennale. Premiere: October 2004 in Teatro Piccolo Arsenale in Venice, performed by Orchestra Sinfonica del Friuli Venezia Giulia and conducted by Christoph Poppen. 2005 – The Minstrel’s Dance, for chamber orchestra, commissioned by the Genesis Foundation. The piece was written for the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Premiere: February 2005 at Wigmore Hall in London, performed by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Isidora Žebeljan. 2006 – The Ghost from the Pumpkin, for brass quintet, commissioned by the London Brass. Premiere: 2006 in the Concert Hall of The Royal College of Music in London, performed by London Brass. 2008 – The Marathon, opera in one act, commissioned by the Bregenz Festival (Bregenzer Festspiele) and Genesis Foundation. Premiere: August 2008 in Bregenz, performed by the soloists of the Neue Oper Wien, the Žebeljan Orchestra, conducted by Premil Petrović and directed by Nicola Raab. Premieres in Belgrade and Vienna were in October 2008. 2008 – Dance of Wooden Sticks, for horn and string orchestra, commissioned by the International Horn Society. Premiere: October 2010 in the Novi Sad Synagogue, performed by hornist Boštjan Lipovšek, the Camerata Academica Orchestra from Novi Sad, and conducted by Aleksandar Kojić. 2008 – Latum lalo, for 12 vocal soloists, commissioned by the Dutch Chamber Choir. Premiere: September 2010 at the Ultima Festival in Oslo, performed by the Dutch Chamber Choir and conducted by Kaspars Putniņš. 2009 – Polomka quartet, for string quartet, commissioned by the Univerity of Kent (Great Britain), written for the Brodsky Quartet. Premiere: May 2009 in the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury, performed by the Brodsky Quartet. 2009 – Simon, the Chosen, opera in one act, commissioned by the Musiktheater im Revier, Gelsenkirchen (Germany). Premiered in Essen, June 2009 by the soloists, choir and orchestra of the Musiktheater im Revier (eight performances in total). 2012 – Simon and Anne, for cello and piano. Premiered at the Swaledale Festival (UK), May 2012. 2012 – Two Heads and a Girl, opera in one act, commissioned by Accademia Musicale Chigiana Siena (Italy). Premiered in Siena, festival Settimana Musicale Senese, July 2012 by the soloists and Žebeljan Orchestra. 2013 – When God created Dubrovnik, song for Mezzo-soprano and string quartet, commissioned by City of London Festival. Premiered in London, City of London Festival, Jun 2013 by Lore Lixenberg and Brodsky Quartet. 2013 – Hum away, hum away, Strings, Metamorphosis to themes from Mozart’s opera ‘Magic Flute’, for symphony orchestra, commissioned by Bregenz Festival (Bregenzer Festspiele). Premiered in Bregenz, at the opening of the Bregenzer Festival, July 2013 by Wiener Symphoniker and conductor Paul Daniel. The jury of the 2009 ISCM festival included the composition The Horses of St. Mark in the festival programme and the piece was performed by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Pierre-André Valade in October 2009.... Read More: www.isidorazebeljan.com
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