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Photo: Peter Schwing
Hamburg, 1973, Kurt Horres dir.

Steffens, Walter

Under Milk Wood (1968/72)

(Unter dem Milchwald)
Duration: 75 minutes
Opera

Libretto based on the play by Dylan Thomas; German text by Erich Fried (E,G)

Scoring
colS,3lyrS,2M,A,T,lyrT,heldenT,2buffoT,5Bar,BBar,B,2buffoB,speaking roles,mimes; chorus; children’s chorus; taped voices; ballet; 2(II=picc,afl).2.corA.2(II=bcl).asax.2-4.3.3.1-timp.perc-2harps-org-accordion-elec.gtr-strings-tape; On-stage:asax-pft-accordion-elec.gtr-drums-db.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
5/10/1973
Staatsoper, Hamburg
Conductor: Marek Janowski
Company: Hamburgische Staatsoper

Roles

CAPTAIN CAT Bass
REVEREND ELI JENKINSBuffo Tenor
MOG EDWARDS, cloth merchant Heldentenor
MISS PRICE, lady's tailor, his bride Coloratura Soprano
MR. WALDO, barber and ne'er-do-well Bass Baritone
MRS. OGMORE-PRITCHARDMezzo Soprano
MR. OGMORETenor
SINDBAD THE SAILORLyric Tenor
3rd DROWNED PERSONBuffo Tenor
MR. PRITCHARDBuffo Bass
4th DROWNED PERSONBaritone
MR. PUGHBaritone
MRS. PUGHContralto
MR. BEYNON, butcher Buffo Bass
MR. CHERRY OWENBaritone
MRS. CHERRY OWENLyric Soprano
WILLY NILLYBaritone
5th DROWNED PERSONBaritone
POLLY CARTERMezzo Soprano
ROSIE PROBERT Lyric soprano
GOSSAMER BEYNONLyric soprano
several speaking roles


Time and Place
A day and a night in the Welsh fishing village Llareggub


Synopsis

A play, an impression for voices, an entertainment from obscurity – a play about the small town where I live, just simple and warm and comic, with much movement and changing moods so that in varied ways, through images and language, descriptions and dialogue, evocation and parody, one gradually comes to know the town as if one lived there oneself... All the cranks, whose eccentricities are briefly sketched impressionistically, they are all in their way normal and good people; the narrator (compere and chronicler, sort of conscience, a guardian angel) and the poet-priest do not judge, nor condemn – they only explain and make everything strangely simple and simply strange.

Dylan Thomas


Moods
Comic, Poetic


Subjects
Relationships, Society





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