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Photo: Günter Dietel
Weimar, 1968, Harry Kupfer dir.

Klebe, Giselher

Jacobowsky und der Oberst  (1964-65)

(Jacobovsky and the Colonel)
Duration: 150 minutes
Opera in four acts (six scenes)

Libretto by the composer, adapted from Franz Werfel's play (G)

Scoring
2S,M,A,3T,4Bar,4B,2speaking roles; 3(III=picc).2.corA.2.bcl.asax.tsax.2.dbn-4.3.3.1-timp.perc(2)-harp-pft-strings; Off-stage:4picc-mouth org-timp.perc-harp-pft-org-vln.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
11/2/1965
Hamburg
Conductor: Leopold Ludwig
Company: Ensemble der Hamburgischen Staatsoper

Roles

JACOBOWSKYBaritone
COLONEL STJERBINSKYTenor
MARIANNESoprano
SZABUNIEWICZBaritone
THE TRAGIC GENTLEMANBaritone
MADAME BOUFFIERMezzo Soprano
SALOMONBass
THE OLD LADY FROM ARRASContralto
THE FLIRTING WOMANSoprano
CHAUFFEURBass
CLAIRON, Café-owner in Saint Jean-de-Luz Bass
BRIGADIER AT SAINT CYRILLBass
FIRST LIEUTENANT IN THE GERMAN ARMYTenor
THE DICE PLAYERBass
THE WANDERING JEWTenor
ST. FRANCISBaritone
CHEF D'ILOT, also the police chief of Saint Jean-de-Luz speaking role
A GESTAPO OFFICIAL speaking role
HOTEL AND CAFÉ GUESTS2 Sopranos, Contralto,Tenor


Time and Place
France, 1940


Synopsis

Spring 1940. In a Paris hotel laundry-room, which has been converted into an air-raid shelter, two men meet whose characters and attitudes to life can only be described as diametrically opposed. Jacobowsky, a Polish Jew, on the run for an "eternity", who lives by the maxim that even in the most hopeless situation there are always two possibilities, and a Polish Colonel, Stjerbinsky, for whose capture the Germans are offering a reward. For him, as an officer and a "real man", only duty counts and this excludes all alternatives. Jacobowsky manages to procure a getaway car from somewhere and puts it at the Colonel's disposal for the transportation of secret documents. The Colonel, who is just as principled a gentleman as he is an officer, despite the imminent German invasion insists on collecting his French mistress, Marianne, first. Thanks to Jacobowsky's presence of mind and shrewdness, they manage to escape from the Germans. Gradually, Marianne becomes more and more fascinated by Jacobowsky – as a result of this, Stjerbinsky's self image starts to crumble. At the Spanish border, in St. Jean-de-Luz, their journey ends. All ways are blocked. For the first time, even Jacobowsky is at a loss. Suddenly, an English submarine surfaces which is supposed to take Stjerbinsky to England. Marianne – Mme. La France – who is not endangered, gives up her place to Jacobowsky. She will wait for her Colonel, who sails to freedom with Jacobowsky.


Moods
Comic, Dramatic, Poetic


Subjects
Relationships, Politics, Society, Literary






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