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The Guardian festival blog: The Hunting Gun review – luminous vocals and intense drama | Music


One of the artists-in-residence at this year’s Aldeburgh festival is Thomas Larcher. The 55-year-old Austrian features as composer and pianist, and the festival was launched with the UK premiere of his opera, Das Jagdgewehr (The Hunting Gun), which was first performed at the Bregenz festival last summer. With a libretto by Friederike Gösweiner, based on a novella of the same name by Yasushi Inoue, it’s a quietly intense domestic drama set in postwar Japan, played out in a single 100-minute span.

A poet observes a lonely man hunting in a wintry landscape, and writes a poem about his apparent loneliness. Some time later, he receives a letter from someone who identifies himself as the solitary hunter, Josuke Misugi, and who encloses three further letters that explain the reason for his sad isolation. The letters come from his wife, Midori, asking him for a divorce, his lover Saiko (who is Midori’s cousin and best friend)…



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