The fifteenth full Opera from the prolific Hans Werner Henze, and the first to feature a self-penned libretto. After the poems he wrote for his Songs from the Arabian
, Henze has produced this unusal tale through adapting both Arab and Persian legends and invoking the same half-real, half-imaginary Arabia as the song cycle. The story itself is a fairy tale comedy with much in common with The Magic Flute
. The orchestral arrangement is huge, featuring quadruple wind, five percussionists and a part for tape.
- L'Upupa Und Der Triumph Der Sohnesliebe