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Offenbach, Jacques

Les Deux Aveugles (Wittmann version) (1855)

(Die beiden Blinden / The Two Blindmen)
Duration: 30 minutes
Bouffonnerie musicale in one act

Libretto by Jules Moinaux; German version by Karl Friedrich Wittmann (G)

Scoring
2T,actors; 2.2.2.2-4.2.3.0-timp-strings.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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

Roles

KÜMMELBERGERLyric Tenor
JERZABEKBuffo Tenor
Passers-by


Time and Place
The Elisabeth bridge in Vienna, 19th century


Synopsis
Two beggars compete for the desired place on the bridge. Neither of them wants competition, for the charity business runs badly. To impress each other, they fabricate the wildest stories. In order to get hold of the few pennies dropped by the passers-by, the blind are able to see again. The contest, accompanied by singing, develops into a grotesque musiquette, whose tone lies half-way between a Beckett-like sense of the comic and a melancholy reminiscent of Chaplin.


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