Scaling Up for ‘Die Soldaten’

Zimmermann.pngBy KATE TAYLOR [NY Sun, 2 June 2008]
The opera “Die Soldaten,” written in 1965 by the German composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann, is nearly impossible to perform. With its huge orchestra, its intensely difficult 12-tone score, and a narrative in which past, present, and future overlap ó Zimmermann once imagined it being performed on 12 stages to distinguish the work’s times and locales ó the piece has intimidated many an artistic director.