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Photo: Dietrich Dettmann
Theater Hagen, Germany 1994

Beeson, Jack

Cyrano (1990)

Duration: 140 minutes
Heroic comedy in music

Libretto by Sheldon Harnick, based on the play by Edmond Rostand (E,G)

Scoring
S,A,2T,Bar,BBar,B; supporting roles(6 doubled, 6 from chorus):3S,4M,5T,3Bar,BBar,3B; 3 or 4 children, 2actors, chorus 3(II=afl/picc,III=picc).2(II=corA).3(II=Ebcl/bcl,III=bcl).2(II=dbn)-4.2(II=offstage bugle).bugle I onstage.2. euph.1-timp.perc(2-3):glsp/xyl/cel/t.bells/SD/TD/BD/rototoms/cyms/susp.cyms/tam-t/tgl/bell tree/ glass wind chimes/wdbl/slapstick/tamb/mounted cast-harp-strings .
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
9/10/1994
Hagen
Rainer Friedmann, director
Conductor: Gerhard Markson
Company: Hagen Theater / Hagen Philharmonic Orchestra

Roles

RAGUENEAUHeavy Buffo Tenor
ROXANESoprano
COUNT DE GUICHEBasso Cantante
BELLEROSEspeaking role
MONTFLEURYspeaking role
CYRANO DE BERGERACBaritone
DUENNAContralto
LISEMezzo Soprano
4 Apprentice Bakerschildren's voices
MusketeerTenor
CAPTAIN CARBON DE CASTEL JALOUXBass or Bass Baritone
1st Cadet (from the Chorus)Tenor
2nd Cadet (from the Chorus)Tenor
3rd Cadet (from the Chorus)Baritone
4th Cadet (from the Chorus)Baritone
5th Cadet (from the Chorus)Bass
6th Cadet (from the Chorus)Bass or Baritone
Bugler
PriestTenor
Sister ClaireSoprano
Sister MartheMezzo Soprano
Mother MargueriteContralto
1st Refreshment GirlSoprano
2nd Refreshment GirlMezzo Soprano
3rd Refreshment GirlMezzo Soprano
MARQUIS DE VALVERTHigh Tenor
MARQUIS DE BRISSAILLETenor
MARQUIS DE CUIGYLyric Baritone
PickpocketBuffo Bass
3 Apprentice PickpocketsChildren's voices
LigniereBass Baritone
Christian de NeuvilletteTenor
1st Lady IntellectualSoprano
2nd Lady IntellectualSoprano
3rd Lady IntellectualMezzo Soprano
4th Lady IntellectualMezzo Contralto


Time and Place
17th Century, Paris


Synopsis
Cyrano, one of many Cadets in love with Roxane, fights a duel when his large nose is mocked. His display of wit and prowess during the duel impresses Roxane. She arranges a meeting with him. Upon meeting, Cyrano is heartbroken to learn that Roxane loves Christian. Cyrano realizes that Christian cannot satisfy Roxane’s romantic needs, so he writes the letters she desires, and Christian agrees to pretend they are his. The Count, also in love with Roxane, is enraged by Christian and Roxane’s love. He orders Christian and Cyrano to the front.  During the war, Cyrano continues to send love letters to Roxane, supposedly written by Christian. Roxane goes to the front and tells Christian that she first loved him for his looks, but that his letters made her fall in love with his soul. Christian demands that Cyrano confess the scheme to Roxane so that she can chose between the two. Christian is killed in battle before the confession, and Cyrano vows never to tell Roxane the truth. Later, a wounded Cyrano visits Roxane, and she realizes that Cyrano is the author of all the letters. For a brief moment they unite. Then, Cyrano dies in her arms.


Moods
Comic, Dramatic, Romantic


Subjects
Relationships, Society, Literary





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