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Wagner-Régeny, Rudolf

Prometheus (1957-58)

Duration: 80 minutes
Five scenes

Libretto by the composer after Aeschylus (G)

Scoring
M,A,2T,2Bar,2B; small male chorus; female chorus; 1.picc.1.1.corA.1.bcl.1.dbn-4.3.4.0-perc-pft-strings.
Abbreviations (PDF).




World Premiere
9/12/1959
Kassel
Company: Unknown

Roles

PROMETHEUSBaritone
HEPHAISTOSTenor
OKEANOSBass
IOMezzo Soprano
HERMESTenor
CHOIR MISTRESSContralto
POWER and VIOLENCE, Zeus's assistantsBaritone, Bass
OKEANIDES


Time and Place
Barren rocks in mythical times


Synopsis

Reluctantly Hephaistos follows Zeus’s instruction and forges Prometheus to the rock for bringing fire to mankind. Okeanos advises Prometheus to yield to the power of the father of the gods in order to get his mercy. But Prometheus will not yield. He recounts to the Okeanides what he has done for mankind. Then Io appears, also punished by Zeus and doomed to restless hurrying through the world. The promise says she will bear a son, and one of his offspring shall break the power of the father of the gods. Prometheus sneers at Hermes, who has come to learn who that highflying descendant will be. Prometheus sinks – with an unbroken spirit – into Tartarus.


Moods
Dramatic, Tragic


Subjects
Mythology






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