Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of ATTHIS. It was last on stage 23–25 April 2015 as part of the Spring 2014/15 season.
Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas is a leading figure in European contemporary music. The soundworld he creates is one of microtones and shimmering, nocturnal shadows. Netia Jones (Kafka Fragments) directs an immersive new staging of Haas’s Second String Quartet and his song cycle ATTHIS, based on the ancient love poetry of the Greek poet Sappho and described by the New York Times as ‘a shockingly intimate conjuring of emotional intensity’.
ATTHIS (2009) takes its name from a student of Sappho, one of the women of Lesbos to whom Sappho sang her poems. Haas’s song cycle for soprano and ensemble becomes a haunting search for Atthis and the reawakening of Eros. Haas’s Second String Quartet (1998) was commissioned for the Hagen Quartet and has become a key work in his repertory; the composer describes it as ‘a sometimes virtuoso, flickering sound picture [where] tradition shines through again and again, but as something lost, distant, clouded.’
News and features
24 April 2015
The Austrian composer of ATTHIS and Morgen und Abend introduces his music.
22 April 2015
The multimedia designer and director discusses the immersive music of Georg Friedrich Haas and how her staging can enhance the listening experience.
20 April 2015
At a time when writers of mainstream music seem to shy away from political comment, the Austrian composer is creating work that pushes boundaries.
16 April 2015
Our quick guide to this mixed programme featuring a song cycle based on the poetry of Sappho, from major contemporary composer Georg Friedrich Haas.