from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Henze, Hans Werner Born 1926. German composer. Best known for his opera The Bassarids (1965), he has also composed symphonies, ballets, and lieder.


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  • A Night at the Chinese Opera (1987), Blond Eckbert (1994), Miss Fortune (2011)• Detlev Glanert (born Germany, 1960)Perhaps the most widely performed German opera composer since Henze, Glanert's dozen stage works to date show his ability to write music that is both dramatically effective and arrestingly immediate.

    Opera in the modern age

  • • Hans Werner Henze born Germany, 1926With a career in opera stretching back 60 years, and a list of collaborators including WH Auden and Edward Bond, Henze is contemporary opera's great survivor, following his own creative path regardless of musical fashion.

    Opera in the modern age

  • Composers who still found it had something to offer Benjamin Britten and Hans Werner Henze, for example were generally regarded with disdain.

    Opera in the modern age

  • Shakespeare, Sophocles, Beckett and Genet were all part of the opening seasons alongside music-theatre from Stravinsky, Henze and the Who.

    Young Vic at 40: the Young and the restless

  • Its two acts feel like two different operas, as perhaps they are: The 84-year-old Mr. Henze wrote the second act in 2005 after recovering from a mysterious two-month coma.

    Divided Inside, in Theme and Structure

  • Mr. Henze and his librettist, Christian Lehnert, give the two protagonists divine counterparts: Phaedra (mezzo Tamara Mumford) is egged on by Aphrodite, the goddess of love (soprano Elizabeth Reiter), while Hippolyt (tenor William Burden) falls in love with Artemis, the virgin goddess of the hunt (significantly cast as a countertenor, Anthony Roth Costanzo, in goddess regalia and platform sandals).

    Divided Inside, in Theme and Structure

  • Henze recalls the work coming together in Austria in the summer of 1959, with too many gin-stiff aperitifs and arguments which "resembled nothing so much as the verbal equivalent of an extended game of ping-pong".

    Aida; Elegy for Young Lovers; O Sonho

  • OK, he couldn't have had a lifestyle that afforded houses on 3 continents or a villa on the Italian coast like Henze or Walton, but that's not bad for someone writing outside the mainstream.

    Down on the disco floor, they make their profit

  • Peter Smith, Angela Mauro, and Sheryl Henze all worked directly on the manuscript, albeit for different reasons.

    What Women Want

  • “In revenge for the attack”: Carl Henze, “Bombs on Coventry.”

    Human Smoke


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