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Olav Anton Thommessen (b.1946): The Hermaphrodite / Eir Inderhuag, soprano; Isa Katharina Gericke, soprano; Anna Elisabeth Einarsson, mezzo; Nils Harald Sødal, tenor; Espen Fegran, baritone; Ketil Hugaas, bass

Audio Samples

  1. Olav Anton Thommessen — Det hemmelige evangelium/The Secret Gospel: Oppvåkningen/The Awakening (feat. Isa Katharina Gericke, Espen Fegran, Ketil Hugaas & Nils Harald Sødal)
  2. Olav Anton Thommessen — Hermafroditten/The Hermaphrodite: Erkjennelsen/The Confession (feat. Isa Katharina Gericke, Espen Fegran, Ketil Hugaas, Nils Harald Sødal, Anna Elisa $1.29 on iTunes
  3. Olav Anton Thommessen — Hermafroditten/The Hermaphrodite: Angrepet/The Attack (feat. Isa Katharina Gericke, Espen Fegran, Ketil Hugaas, Nils Harald Sødal, Anna Elisabeth Ein $1.29 on iTunes
  4. Olav Anton Thommessen — Hermafroditten/The Hermaphrodite: Begjæret/Desire (feat. Isa Katharina Gericke, Espen Fegran, Ketil Hugaas, Nils Harald Sødal, Anna Elisabeth Einars $1.29 on iTunes
  5. Olav Anton Thommessen — Hermafroditten/The Hermaphrodite: Drømmen/The Dream (feat. Isa Katharina Gericke, Espen Fegran, Ketil Hugaas, Nils Harald Sødal, Anna Elisabeth Eina $1.29 on iTunes
  6. Olav Anton Thommessen — Hermafroditten/The Hermaphrodite: Søvnen/The Sleep (feat. Isa Katharina Gericke, Espen Fegran, Ketil Hugaas, Nils Harald Sødal, Anna Elisabeth Einar $1.29 on iTunes
  7. Olav Anton Thommessen — Hermafroditten/The Hermaphrodite: Epilog (feat. Nils Harald Sødal) $1.29 on iTunes
  8. Olav Anton Thommessen — Et konsertkammer/A Concert Chamber: Marerittet/Bad Dream (feat. Eir Inderhaug) $1.29 on iTunes
  9. Olav Anton Thommessen — Gjensidig/Mutually: Innsikten/Insight (feat. Isa Katharina Gericke & Eir Inderhaug) $1.29 on iTunes
  10. Olav Anton Thommessen — Ekko av et ekko/Echo of an Echo: Møtet/The Meeting (feat. Anna Elisabeth Einarsson)
  11. Olav Anton Thommessen — Overtonen/The Overtone: Kjærligheten/Love (feat. Isa Katharina Gericke)
  12. Olav Anton Thommessen — Maldoror: Orgien/The Orgy

Album Summary

>Thommessen, Olav Anton : Hermafroditten, chamber opera in 7 parts
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Olav Anton Thommessen's chamber opera The Hermaphrodite is a journey into self-knowledge, a man's awakening sexuality, and the dualistic nature of man in a synthesis of masculinity and femininity. The opera contains seven standalone chamber pieces which comprise a scenic whole. Texts from authors like D. H. Lawrence, Isidore Ducasse, and others accompany the music. The work is performed as a ballet opera for six solo singers, two actors, dancers, and chamber orchestra. Portions of the piece were premiered at Vadstena-Akademien in Sweden in 1976, and the work in its entirety was later performed at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. Olav Anton Thommessen has been an extremely productive composer throughout his career, having a number of compositions behind him. He is Professor Emeritus in composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jar Kirke (09/17/2006-09/24/2006).



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>Thommessen, Olav Anton : Hermafroditten, chamber opera in 7 parts
  • Performers: Espen Fegran (Baritone); Isa Gericke (Soprano); Ketil Hugaas; Nils Sodal
  • Conductor: Christia Christian Eggen
  • Ensemble: Oslo Sinfonietta
  • Notes: Jar Kirke (09/17/2006-09/24/2006)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1970-1980