Orlando by Olga Neuwirth wins the Grawemeyer Award

Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth won the 2022 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. Neuwirth received the award for her opera, Orlando, which premiered at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2019. Orlando was the first opera written by a woman to be staged at the Wiener Staatsoper it’s 150 year history.

Olga Neuwirth has three entries for her operas in the saxophone database. Those are 1997’s Bählamms Fest, 2012 American Lulu which is based off Alban Berg’s Lulu, and 2019 Orlando. To learn more about her works, here is a video from Wiener Staatsoper about Orlando.

Here is a video about Neuwirth’s opera American Lulu from Mahogany Opera.

Here is a recording of Bählamms Fest. You can hear the soprano saxophone at the 1:47 mark.

To learn more about Orlando, check out this NPR article which details this groundbreaking work. To discover more operas with the saxophone, check out the database.

Published by Mary Huntimer

Saxophonist, teacher, opera and silent movie enthusiast. All opinions are my own.

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