Da gelo a gelo

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Da gelo a gelo
Opera by Salvatore Sciarrino


The composer in 2016
  • From one frost to the next
  • Kälte
Librettist Sciarrino
Language Italian
Based on 65 poems by Izumi Shikibu
Premiere21 May 2006 (2006-05-21) (in German)
Schlosstheater Schwetzingen

Da gelo a gelo ("From one frost to the next") is an opera in 100 scenes (some lasting as little as 3') by Salvatore Sciarrino. The composer's Italian libretto is based on one year (1002-03) and 65 poems from the journal of Izumi Shikibu encompassing her affair with Prince Atsumishi.

Salvatore Sciarrino Italian composer

Salvatore Sciarrino is an Italian composer of contemporary classical music.

Libretto text used for an extended musical work

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Izumi Shikibu Japanese poet

Izumi Shikibu was a mid Heian period Japanese poet. She is a member of the Thirty-six Medieval Poetry Immortals. She was the contemporary of Murasaki Shikibu, and Akazome Emon at the court of empress Joto Mon'in.


The opera was a co-commission of the Schwetzingen Festival, the Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Opéra National de Paris and premiered in the Schlosstheater Schwetzingen under the German title Kälte on 21 May 2006. The choreography for the singers by Trisha Brown was retained for the 2007 Paris production at the Palais Garnier. The piece lasts 110 minutes.

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RoleVoice typePremiere Cast
(Conductor: Tito Ceccherini)
Izumi soprano Anna Radziejewska
The Prince's nurse/ Izumi's maid mezzo-soprano Ulrike Mayer
Izumi's page contraltino Felix Uehlein
The Prince's page counter-tenor Michael Hofmeister
The Prince baritone Otto Katzameier


The instrumentation is S, Ms, 2 Ct, Bar / 3 (II Fl.c in Sol, III Fl.b). 3 (III C.i). 3 (III Cl.b). 2 / 2. 3. 2. -. / Perc / strings (min. 10. 8. 6. 4. 4.)[ clarification needed ]

Instrumentation (music) particular combination of musical instruments employed in a composition

In music, instrumentation is the particular combination of musical instruments employed in a composition, and the properties of those instruments individually. Instrumentation is sometimes used as a synonym for orchestration. This juxtaposition of the two terms was first made in 1843 by Hector Berlioz in his Grand traité d’instrumentation et d’orchestration modernes, and various attempts have since been made to differentiate them. Instrumentation is a more general term referring to an orchestrator's, composer's or arranger's selection of instruments in varying combinations, or even a choice made by the performers for a particular performance, as opposed to the narrower sense of orchestration, which is the act of scoring for orchestra a work originally written for a solo instrument or smaller group of instruments.

String section section of a larger symphony orchestra composed of string musicians

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