Dacapo\'s CD release of Poul Ruders's opera The Handmaid's Tale was recently praised to the skies in a review in The New York Times. It said among other things that the Danish composer, in his understanding of the potential of the genre, can be compared to Giuseppe Verdi, especially when it comes to using opera for political and other messages: \"Ruders found a grippingly operatic way to tell a story so loaded with polemics that it might have crushed a lesser composer,\" says the respected American newspaper.

It is also pleasing that the Royal Theatre, Copenhagen, has decided that The Handmaid\'s Tale is to go on tour when the Theatre, in the period 11th-25th January 2004, goes to Washington to present Danish culture at a 14-day festival at the Kennedy Center. The Royal Danish Ballet, the Royal Danish Orchestra and the Royal Danish Opera will all be represented when the group of about 400 people travel to the USA, where besides The Handmaid\'s Tale (to be performed twice), Bournonville ballets and Carl Nielsen will be on the programme.

The Handmaid\'s Tale has been recorded by Dacapo in cooperation with Danmarks Radio and the Royal Theatre, Copenhagen.


Yours sincerely
Mette Lautrup Esmann
National Publicist
Christianshavns Torv 2
1410 Copenhagen K
Phone: 56 31 38 25
email: mette@dacapo-records.dk


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