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Morton Feldman Neither; Samuel Beckett Footfalls. Staatskapelle Berlin cond. François Xavier Roth; Katie Mitchell, director; Julia Wieninger, actor; Laura Aikin, soprano; Staatsoper im Schiller Theater, Berlin

  • Garrett Sholdice

Neither is Morton Feldman's only opera. The libretto is a single page of text by Samuel Beckett. British director Katie Mitchell has paired her new staging of this single act work, premiered in 1977, with her staging of Beckett's 1975 short play, Footfalls. This new production was presented as part of the Infektion! festival of new music theatre at the Berlin Staatsoper in June of this year.

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1 Beckett, Samuel, Neither in ‘Samuel Beckett: The Grove Centenary Edition’, vol. 4 (New York: Grove Press, 2006), p. 426.

2 ‘He [Beckett] was very embarrassed – he said to me, after a while: “Mr. Feldman, I don't like opera.” I said to him, “I don't blame you!”’ Morton Feldman on his first meeting with Beckett, quoted in Howard Skempton, ‘Interview with Morton Feldman’ in Music and Musicians, May 1977, p. 5.

3 Feldman, Morton, ‘The Future of Local Music’, in Give My Regards to Eighth Street: Collected Writings of Morton Feldman, ed. Friedman, B.H. (Cambridge, MA: Exact Change, 2000), p. 184.

4 Beckett, Neither, p. 426.

5 Feldman quoted in Frost, Everett C., ‘The Note Man on the Word Man’, in Morton Feldman Says: Selected Interviews and Lectures 1964–1987, ed. Villars, Chris (London: Hyphen Press, 2006), p. 232.

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