Super-abundant high spirits alternate with pained, almost expressionistic lyricism; simplicity and directness with astringent irony." Poul Ruders has created a large body of music ranging from opera and orchestral works through chamber, vocal and solo music. In recent years, performances of his work on both sides of the Atlantic and in such distant locals as China, Japan and Russia have taken place with increasing regularity. With the overwhelming success of his second opera, The Handmaid's Tale (1996-98), produced in Copenhagen (2000), Ruders became even more in demand, with commissions coming in rapid succession from The Berlin Philharmonic, The New York Philharmonic, The BBC Symphony Orchestra, and from The Royal Danish Opera. Recent performances include productions of The Handmaid's Tale in Toronto and London, and orchestral premieres and performances in Berlin, New York and London. Poul Ruders's opera, Kafka's Trial, libretto by Paul Bentley, premiered in March, 2005 in Copenhagen's new opera house.
Commissioned by The Royal Danish Opera for the opening of the new opera house, the opera explores Kafka's unfinished masterpiece, as well as including dramatized events from the writer's life. Among Poul Ruders's upcoming performances will be the world premiere of his next opera Dancer in the Dark (2009). Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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