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WP Stuttgart 2005

Svoboda, Mike

Erwin, das Naturtalent (2005/07)

(Erwin, the Natural Talent)
Duration: 100 minutes
Music theatre for everyone aged 6 and up

Libretto by Manfred Weiß, based on motives from the novel 'Erwin mit der Tröte' by Volker Kriegel; English version by Mike Svoboda and Manfred Weiß (G,E)

Scoring
2S,M,A,T,Bar,B; actor; mixed chorus(with soloists); 2(I,II=picc).1.2(II=bcl).1(=dbn)-1.2(I='mutant-trumpet').1.1-perc(3)-elec.git(='retuned-western.guitar')-strings(6.5.4.3.2); reduced orchestration: 1(=picc).0.1(=bcl).tsax.0-0.2(I='mutant-trumpet').1.0-perc(2)-elec.git(='retuned-western.guitar')-strings(4.0.0.0.1).
Abbreviations (PDF).


Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.



World Premiere
11/19/2005
Staatsoper, Kammertheater, Stuttgart
Patrick Schimanski, director
Conductor: Mike Svoboda
Company: Junge Oper der Staatsoper Stuttgart



World premiere of version
1/26/2008
Theater, Bielefeld
Michael Heicks, director
Conductor: Mike Svoboda
Company: Theater Bielefeld / Bielefelder Philharmoniker

Roles

ERWIN, a natural talentMezzo-Soprano
ROSA, a mysterious island inhabitantSoprano
PROFESSOR HOGGINS, , a inquisitive scientistBaritone
AMALIA-BERNADETTE, agile assistant to Prof. Hoggins Soprano
Gismo (Jungle KIngs), Gila (giraffe) / Schnief Seng-Loreng (fashion designer)Alto
Alex (Jungle KIngs) / Leopold (lion) / Massimo Calvolino (hair dresser) / Dottore Maculo-Docteur Rouspéter-Doc Carper-Dao Mä Klung (critic)Tenor
Franz (Jungle KIngs) / Ravi (elefant) / Herr Schneider (tailor)Bass
Heinzi (Jungle KIngs) / Vulcar (the-vulcar-with-no-name) / Yasuhiko Suturobo (photographer) / Gian-Carlo Bastonelli (composer) / DWS (showmaster)Actor
Äplies (hotel cleaning lady) / Lala & Lolo (assistans to Bastonelli) also melodica / Yessir (hotel boy) / Three Fashion Assistants / Two OrderliesChoir soloists


Time and Place
At first: a marvelous island in the west-eastern south sea; and then: to the whole world


Synopsis
There is not a single reason why Erwin should leave his island in the west-eastern south sea. All of his friends live here, there are the most delicious things to eat and drink, and there is a party every day at which Erwin makes music with his Dschanglkings. What’s more, Rosa lives here, whom Erwin loves and who (although he doesn’t know it yet) is his biggest fan. But one sunny day a crazy professor comes to the island. He hears Erwin singing and promises him many wonderful things and the greatest career in the world if he were to leave the island! After a sleepless night Erwin goes with Prof. Hoggins because he desperately wants to find out what this ‘chocolate’ really is. On arriving in the biggest capital city Erwin meets the manager Amalia-Bernadette. She plans Erwin’s career and soon a big tour begins. And another. And another. And Erwin is the most well known, well loved and sought after star of all time. But does he really enjoy this? What about his friends? Does he miss his island? And what about Rosa?


Moods
Comic


Subjects
Relationships, Music/Arts





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