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Chemin-Petit, Hans

König Nicolo (1962)

(King Nicolo)
Duration: 150 minutes
Opera in seven scenes

Libretto by the composer after the play by Frank Wedekind (G)

Scoring
2S,M or A,7T,4Bar,2B,2 silent roles; chorus; ballet; 3(III=picc).2.corA.2.bcl.2.dbn-4.3.3.1-timp.perc-harp-strings; On-stage:picc.cl.bn-3tpt-perc-vla.db.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
4/23/1962
Aachen
Company: Unknown

Roles

NICOLO, king of Umbria Baritone
ALMA, princess of Umbria, his daughter Soprano
Revolutionaries:
- PIETRO FOLCHI, master butcherBaritone
- FILIPO FOLCHI, his sonTenor
- ANDREA VALORITenor
- RUCCELLAISilent role
- GIULIO NARDI Silent role
- BENEDETTO NARDIBass
PANDOLFO, master tailor Tenor
NOE, journeyman tailorTenor
MICHELE, journeyman tailorBaritone
BATTISTA, journeyman tailorBass
A JAILERBaritone
FIRST THEATRE OWNERBass
SECOND THEATRE OWNERTenor
AN ACTORTenor
AN EQUESTRIANTenor
A FEMALE MATCHMAKERAlto or Mezzo Soprano
A TRAMPTenor
TWO WOMEN FROM PERUGIA (one of them a matchmaker) Soprano, Alto or Mezzo Soprano
FIRST SERVANTBaritone
SECOND SERVANTTenor
A GUARDBaritone
AN ONLOOKERSilent role
A MERCENARYTenor
A group of female dancers, Monks, Citizens of Perugia, Vagrants, Craftsmen, Mercenaries and Halberdiers
Mixed choir
Ballet


Time and Place
Perugia and Umbria around 1490


Synopsis

Nicolo, king of Umbria, is overthrown by a tribune chosen by the people, the master butcher Pietro Folchi. Folchi expels Nicolo from the country, but wants his son Filipo to marry Nicolo’s daughter Alma. Things do not go that far, however. Nicolo feigns a suicide and, officially declared dead, roams the country unrecognized with Alma. Eventually he joins a group of wandering performers as a satirist and comedian. Soon he plays his own destiny as a ‘king’s farce’in the palace where he had formerly resided and is made a court jester. Filipo falls in love with Alma – against the will of his father, who, for reasons of state, wants him to marry a Medicean. Nicolo refuses to influence Alma as Pietro wishes and tries to convince Folchi that his former wish that Filipo marry the daughter of the overthrown king could now be fulfilled, the king being no other than himself. But nobody believes the ‘jester’. Thus he dies in his daughter’s arms – not as a king, but ‘only as a human being’.


Moods
Comic, Dramatic, Tragic


Subjects
Relationships, Politics, Society





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