In 'Marco Polo, an opera within an opera', composer Tan Dun portrays the Venetian explorer's travels to the Far East as a journey of both inner and physical discovery, a voyage depicting spiritual experiences as well as a geographical expedition. At the same time the work, on a libretto by Paul Griffiths, can be seen as a compositional adventure of the composer himself, unifying the various cultural worlds he occupies: a blend of Western avant garde and Oriental traditions.
"Castor et Pollux is arguably Rameau's finest creation in the tragedie lyrique style. Its libretto, based in mythology, focuses on an unusual theme: the self- sacrificing love between Castor, who is mortal, and his immortal brother, Pollux."-- Original container.
Part 2: Marco Polo: Glaubst du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele? (opening fragment)
Prologue pour un Marco Polo
Wo bist du, Licht?
Glaubst du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele?
Kopernikus: In this mystic tale, the central character Agni calls on historical and mythical figures: Lewis Carroll, Merlin, a witch, the Queen of the Night, a blind prophet, an old monk, Tristan, Isolde, Mozart, the Lord of the Waters, Kopernikus and his mother. Marco Polo: a series of tableaux about Marco Polo, some vocal, others instrumental, which meditate on inner treasures and human suffering.