Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding was written and composed by Wolfgang Fortner, based on Lorca’s play by the same name. A true story in a local newspaper inspired Lorca to write Blood Wedding in 1933. The plot is based on the true story of a young bride in Andalusia who abandoned her husband-to-be on the morning of their wedding day to escape with her childhood sw...

Blood Wedding was written and composed by Wolfgang Fortner, based on Lorca’s play by the same name. A true story in a local newspaper inspired Lorca to write Blood Wedding in 1933. The plot is based on the true story of a young bride in Andalusia who abandoned her husband-to-be on the morning of their wedding day to escape with her childhood sweetheart and deals with universal themes of tradition, sexual oppression, and honor. Lorca is considered one of Spain's greatest poets and playwrights despite the fact that Franco's government prohibited his books and forbade anyone to speak his name for more than twenty years. It is a powerful work, reminiscent of Puccini’s muscular verismo, full of richly coloured orchestration.

Blood Wedding premiered at the Cologne Opera on the 8th June 1957.


 

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