Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Salzburg Endgame: nothing on the horizon?
Confirming Alexander Pereira’s fear, expressed in an interview last July, that Salzburg’s operatic commissions might not be ready in time, comes the news (via Intermezzo) that at next year’s festival Birtwistle’s Gawain will take the place of a Kurtág work based on Beckett’s Endgame.
Assuming a Covent Garden import unlikely, a new production of Birtwistle’s 1991 opera is no cause for complaint, quite the contrary. But maybe we can dare to hope that the Endgame commission has been merely delayed, given Kurtág’s decades-long interest in Beckett and stylistic and structural parallels which have received much scholarly attention (no Youtube of op. 30b or 36, alas). Of Pereira’s commissions, this one was by far the most significant.