Die schwarze Maske

The composer in 2008

Opera by composer Krzysztof Penderecki using a German libretto by the composer and Harry Kupfer which is based on a 1928 play by Gerhart Hauptmann.

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The composer in 2008

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Harry Kupfer

German opera director and academic.

German opera director and academic.

A director providing instruction

At the Salzburg Festival, he directed the premiere of Penderecki's Die schwarze Maske in 1986 and Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss in 2014.

Bass vocal range (E2–E4) notated on the bass staff (left) and on piano keyboard in green with dot marking middle C (C4).

Mark Lundberg

American opera singer who had an active international career from the 1980s up until his sudden death in 2008.

American opera singer who had an active international career from the 1980s up until his sudden death in 2008.

Bass vocal range (E2–E4) notated on the bass staff (left) and on piano keyboard in green with dot marking middle C (C4).

Two important early successes for Lundberg came in 1988, when he sang in the United States premieres of Richard Strauss's Friedenstag and Krzysztof Penderecki's Die schwarze Maske, both with the Santa Fe Opera.