Lost Liszt Opera to Premiere in Germany

As soprano Joyce El-Khoury launches into a soaring F-major aria and the orchestra follows with a booming theatrical march, David Trippett, his head sunk in concentration over a large score, gives his nod of approval.

Trippett is Cambridge University’s senior lecturer in music. “Just to think,” he says, “this music might well have been left undisturbed in the archive for another hundred years.”

Instead, thanks to Trippett’s dogged determination to translate and decipher a neglected sketchbook of composition by Franz Liszt, the work, the first act of an Italian opera called Sardanapalo written almost 170 years ago, is having life breathed into it for the first time. Read More via TheGuardian.

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