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Kelterborn, Rudolf

Julia (1989-90)

Duration: 90 minutes
Chamber opera in 15 scenes

Libretto by David Freeman and Rudolf Kelterborn, incorporating elements from Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', Gottfried Keller's 'A Village Romeo and Juliet' as well as a motif from present-day Israel/Palestine (G)

Scoring
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Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
4/23/1991
Zürich
David Freeman, director
Company: Opera Factory

Roles

JULIALyric Soprano
ROMEOLyric Baritone
SALI Tenor
AHMEDBaritone
Julia´s fathers: CAPULET / MARTI /MARTI / MOSHEBass Baritone
COUNTESS CAPULET / FRIEND OF JULIA'S MOTHERAlto
GUARD / SALI'S MOTHERMezzo Soprano
MERCUTIO / RABBI / FIRST GUESTBaritone
TYBALT / AHMED'S FATHER / POLICEMAN / SECOND GUEST / INN-KEEPERBaritone
BENVOLIO / MANZ / POLICEMAN / NOMADCharacter Tenor
THE BLACK FIDDLERmale voice


Synopsis

Violence, love, fear, hope, and despair; lack of understanding and humanity; death in various social spheres, in complex human relationships: all this is the (timeless) ‘theme’ of this opera, which I attempted to approach with a complex spectrum of musical expression and form... Whereas up to now I had always taken clear, ongoing story lines, in Julia the dimension of time is on another level. The concept of the ‘spherical form of time’, coined by Bernd Alois Zimmermann, is of a certain importance here, although I am aware that Zimmermann was referring to something quite different, not to the dramaturgy of a play. The other new aspect for me was that the chamber orchester consisted of 14 instrumentalists and 11 voices. Individual singers portray several parts. That Julia always remains Julia, and all the partners (Romeo, Sali, Ahmed) are each played and sung by one protagonist but the parts of the three fathers are portrayed by the same singer, has nothing to do with the given constraints but, rather, springs from a specific musical and dramaturgical concept.

Rudolf Kelterborn


Moods
Dramatic, Poetic


Subjects
Contemporary, Relationships, Religion, Politics, Society






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