The world premiere of Unsuk Chin’s first opera, Alice in Wonderland, opens the Munich Opera Festival on 30 June 2007. Presented by the Bavarian State Opera, the new work is conducted by the company’s Artistic Director Kent Nagano, a leading champion of Chin’s music, and staged by Achim Freyer. The libretto, based on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, has been created by the composer in collaboration with David Henry Hwang, author of the acclaimed and award-winning play M. Butterfly. Lewis Carroll’s surreal dreamlike world, full of curious happenings and black humour, promises to finds a perfect partner in Chin’s music.
The cast for Alice in Wonderland includes Sally Matthews in the title role, Piia Komsi, Dietrich Henschel, Andrew Watts, and a cameo appearance by Dame Gwyneth Jones as the Queen. Modern opera – seductive, enchanting, sensuous – and anything but hyperintellectual.
“I regard Unsuk Chin as one of the most fascinating voices of our present day; [...].
Her music can never be pinpointed as having a single, specific style. It remains eternally fresh, original and full of surprises.” - Kent Nagano