Deutsche Oper Berlin - "Carl Orff: 'Gisei--Das Opfer'"

David Baker

The belated premiere of "Gisei--Das Opfer" ("Gisei--The Sacrificial Victim"), at Darmstadt in 2010, caused little stir in the opera world, which ignores Orff's stage works despite their stylistic kinship with his popular "Carmina Burana." (Orff attended Munich performances of "Madama Butterfly" and "Das Lied von der Erde" not long before he wrote "Gisei.") But the contrasting prologue and drama share two major characteristics-colorful, inventive orchestration and an expressionistic vocal style, mostly in a loose parlando mode.

Journal Opera News
Year 2016
Volume 81
Issue 1
Pages 50

Baker, David (2016) Reviews--Recordings: Deutsche Oper Berlin - "Carl Orff: 'Gisei--Das Opfer'". In: Opera News, Vol. 81, No. 1, pp. 50. Available at


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