Siegfried Matthus (*1934) The Neverending Story
Opera based on the Story by Michael Ende 2002 Text: Anton Perrey
26 soloists – choir: SATB – 3.2.cor ang.2.B-clar.2.dble bsn. – 126.96.36.199. – timp.perc(3). – hp.cel – str
World première: Weimar, April 10, 2004 (Deutsches Nationaltheater and Theater Trier)
The performances during the 2004/05 season:
Musical director: Ingo Ingensand, stage: Mathias Davids
Linz, Landestheater, December 11, 2004
Austrian première: Weimar, Nationaltheater, March 3, 2005
The enthusiastic comparisons with Hänsel und Gretel began as soon as the premiere was over. Siegfried Matthus scored an extraordinary success with the double world premiere of his musical stage work Die unendliche Geschichte (The Never-Ending Story) in Weimar and Trier. And its a success that is guaranteed to repeat itself in the next productions.
The composer attended the Weimar performance on 10 April, the day of the two simultaneous premieres, and celebrated his 70th birthday in Trier three days later at a repeat performance of its production.
The Never-Ending Story this could also be taken as a motto for Matthuss entire oeuvre for the musical stage. Yet Matthus is far from having succumbed exclusively to the lure of the musical stage, as Sybill Mahlke put it in the Berlin Tagesspiegel. The composers birthday will also be celebrated in the coming weeks through performances of many of his orchestral works and chamber pieces. It is only natural that a composer who has offered so much to the musical world over several decades should be the recipient of heartfelt tributes at such a memorable occasion in his life.