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Photo: Joachim Thode
Kiel, 2001, Markus Bothe dir.

Schreker, Franz

Flammen (1901-02)

(Flames)
Duration: 80 minutes
Opera in one act

Libretto by Dora Leen (G)

Scoring
2S,A,T,Bar,B; chorus; 2.picc.2.corA.2.bcl.2-4.3.3.1-timp.perc-harp-strings; On-stage:4fl-harp.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
4/24/1902
Bösendorfersaal, Vienna
Company: unknown



World premiere of version
6/17/2001
Opernhaus, Kiel
Markus Bothe, director
Conductor: Ulrich Windfuhr
Company: Kiel Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Chorus

Roles

THE PRINCEBaritone
IRMGARD, his wife Soprano
AGNES,his sister Soprano
the MINSTRELTenor
the dowager MARGOTAlto
KNIGHTBass
The princely household, Crusaders


Time and Place
Medieval times, during the Crusades


Synopsis
Years ago, when the Prince went to Palestine for the 'holy war', he sought a way to ensure his wife's faithfulness. His farewell words were that if Irmgard were to love another man during his absence, his welcome kiss on his return would bring death to her. Irmgard refuses to comply with his threat, for she believes that only mutual confidence can guarantee the permanence of love. Every day Agnes and the dowager Margot remind her of the Prince's command and the pressure weighing upon her turns into an inner conflict. This reaches its peak when a travelling minstrel, who stays at the castle as a guest, makes clear to her that her emotional bond to the Prince is forced and unnatural. But instead of escaping to freedom with the minstrel before the Prince can return, she resorts instead to suicide.


Recommended Recording
Hans Georg Ahrens/Jörg Windfuhr/Kiel Opera Chorus/Kiel Philharmonic Orchestra/Ulrich Windfuhr
CPO 9998242
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