DVD + Blu-Ray:
Abrahamsen: The Snow Queen / Bayerische Staatsoper

Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings presents Hans Abrahamsen's The Snow Queen composed for and sung by the phenomenal soprano Barbara Hannigan.

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    The Snow Queen_BD front cover © Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings

  • The Snow Queen_Barbara Hannigan | Copyright: © Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings © Wilfried Hösl

    The Snow Queen_Barbara Hannigan © Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings © Wilfried Hösl

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Hans Abrahamsen
Opera in three acts (2014–18)

The Snow Queen is Hans Abrahamsen’s first opera, composed to a self-penned libretto, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s eponymous fairy tale. Following an in-depth study of the topic of snow and a life-long obsession with Andersen’s fairy tales, the plot follows that of the well-known fairy tale.
Hans Abrahamsen’s music, with its smooth transitions and subtly modified repeats, lends the lyrics both depth and lightness. He is keen to point out the range of avenues for interpretation available. ”It’s possible to read the fairy tale in a variety of ways. It contains many mysteries which are open to numerous interpretations.”
Accompanying Barbara Hannigan is a top-class ensemble of singers, including Peter Rose, Katarina Dalayman and Rachael Wilson. Cornelius Meister is the musical director, currently general music director at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Director Andreas Kriegenburg’s production of The Snow Queen is a touching story by adults, for an adult audience, offering a journey into the innermost regions of the human soul.

Gerda – Barbara Hannigan
Kay – Rachael Wilson
Grandmother/ Old Lady/ Finn Woman – Katarina Dalayman
Snow Queen/ Reindeer/ Clock – Peter Rose

Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Conductor – Cornelius Meister

Bayerischer Staatsopernchor
Chorus Master – Stellario Fagone

Stage Director – Andreas Kriegenburg


Recording location Bayerische Staatsoper
Recording date Recorded live in December 2019/ January 2020
Duration 116 min.
Video format Filmed in HD | NTSC 16:9 | 16:9
Audio format PCM STEREO and DTS 5.1 | PCM STEREO and DTS-MA 5.1
Production Company Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings
Distribution TV Naxos
Distribution homevideo / DVD Naxos
Distribution VOD / SVOD Naxos



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