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d'Albert, Eugen

Der Stier von Olivera (1915-17)

(The Bull of Olivera)
Duration: 165 minutes
Opera in three acts

Libretto by Richard Batka after Heinrich Lilienfein (G)

Scoring
2S,M,4T,4Bar,4B,speaking role; chorus 3(III=picc).2.corA.3(III=bcl).3-4.3.3.1-timp.perc-2harps-cel-strings .
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
3/10/1918
Leipzig
Company: Unknown

Roles

FRANCOIS GUILLAUME, French Brigadier Bass
DON PEREZ LARA Dramatic Tenor
SAINT-VALLIER, captain Lyric Tenor
MARCHAND, cavalry captain, adjutant Lyric Bass
HERBAUT, lieutenant Character Baritone
LEROUX, officer cadet Lyric Tenor
DE LA BRIÈRE, second lieutenant Lyric Bass
DUPONT, assistant surgeon Lyric Baritone
A SOLDIERTenor
EMPEROR NAPOLOEN ISpeaker role
MARQUÉS DE BARRIOS, Spanish grandee Character Baritone
JUANA, his daughter Dramatic Soprano
MANUEL, his son Lyric Soprano
PATER BENITO Lyric Baritone
THE ALKALDE OF OLIVERALyric Bass
LOPEZ, Barrios' servant Lyric Baritone
AMINTA, Donna Juana's maid Mezzo Soprano
the Barrios' servants
the emperor's attentands


Time and Place
Spain, around 1800


Synopsis

The French general Guillaume and his officers are billeted in the castle of Olivera. The lord of the castle, Marqués de Barrios, is determined to kill the hated occupiers and tries to make them feel secure by his obliging behaviour. Before he can carry out his plan, however, he has to calm the people. The French have commited the sacrilege of killing the bull that had been selected for the corrida. At the last moment, the conspiracy is discovered. Barrios and his family are to be executed by order of the merciless general. When Juana, the Marqués’ beautiful and proud daughter, asks for mercy for her young brother, Guillaume agrees under the condition that she will become his wife. She quickly realizes the power she has over the malformed Frenchman and, driven by hate and thirst for revenge, starts a cynical and dangerous game, cuckolding the general who is suffering because of his ugliness. Again and again Guillaume forgives her. Only when she tries to persuade him to betray the French emperor, who is in the immediate vicinity of the castle at the time, does he realize his blindness, and he stabs her to death. Napoleon arrives to judge Guillaume who is suspected of high treason because of his marriage to a Spanish woman. However, he pardons him in view of the corpse of Juana. When the emperor’s retreat is in danger, Guillaume sacrifices himself. He leaves his own carriage to Napoleon and takes the emperor’s one to head right for the rebels who are waiting in ambush.


Moods
Dramatic, Poetic, Romantic, Tragic


Subjects
History, Relationships, Politics





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