Die Rantzau (1891/92)
Opera in four acts
Libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci; German version by Max Kalbeck (I,G)
S,M,2T,2Bar,B; mixed chorus; 2.picc.2.2.2-188.8.131.52-timp.perc-2harp-org-strings (This work is published and distributed for stage performances by Boosey & Hawkes / Bote & Bock in Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and in German speaking Switzerland.).
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Teatro della Pergola, Firenze
Conductor: Rodolfo Ferrari
Company: Hariclea Darclée / Fernando De Lucia / Mattia Battistini / Edoardo Sottolana / Luigi Broglio
|JOHANN RANTZAU, landowner||Baritone|
|JACOB RANTZAU, a timber merchant||Bass|
|FLORENTIUS, school teacher||Baritone|
|GEORG, Jacob's son||Tenor|
|LEBEL, head forester||Tenor|
|LUISE, Johann's daughter||Soprano|
|JULIE, Florentius's daughter||Mezzo-Soprano|
|Peasant men and women|
Time and Place
A village in the Vosges mountains in the year 1829
The brothers Johann and Jacob Rantzau have become bitter enemies after probate disputes. Their children Luise and Georg, however, are secretly in love. Luise, who is going to be married to the head forester, Lebel, falls seriously ill. Only when he realises that his daughter’s life is endangered does Johann decide to give in and talk to his brother. But when Jacob drives his brother from his estate, the conflict seems to escalate again. Eventually Georg, who left his father’s house full of resentment and challenged Lebel to a duel, manages to reconcile his father and uncle and finally settle the dispute.