The French composer and teacher Nadia Boulanger was one of the most prominent and influential composers of the 1900s. Her list of students is impressive, including Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc, Aaron Copeland, Quincy Jones, Daniel Barenboim, Astor Piazzolla, Philip Glass … the list goes on.
It’s been said that Boulanger deliberately took a step back as a composer to let her younger sister Lili Boulanger take centre stage. But prior to that, in 1909 she had finished her only opera, called ”La ville morte” – not to be confused with Korngold’s opera of the same name (albeit in German), Die Tote Stadt. The first public performance of La ville morte took place in Italy in 2006 – nearly 100 years after its inception. The Göteborg Opera’s concertante performance will be the second ever performance of this work.