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Landestheater Linz

Schwertsik, Kurt

Die Welt der Mongolen (1996)

Duration: 90 minutes
Opera in three acts

Libretto by Michael Koehlmeier (G)

Scoring
3S,2T,Bar,3B; chorus 2(II=picc).picc.2.asax.bcl.2.dbn-4.2.2.2-timp.perc:telephone/tam-t/cyms/BD/SD/whip-pft-accordion-strings.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
2/9/1997
Landestheater, Linz
Hans Hoffer, director
Conductor: Martin Sieghart
Company: Linz Opera

Roles

LADY AT THE TICKET COUNTERSoprano
TAXI DRIVERTenor
STEFANIESoprano
WILFRIEDBaritone
THE STRANGERBass
THE SPIRITSoprano
TRIO OF CONSULTANTSTenor, 2 Basses


Time and Place
A museum exhibition 'The World of the Mongols'; a car garage 'the World of the Motors'


Synopsis

A couple set out on the spur of the moment to view the anthropological exhibition Die Welt der Mongolen at the local museum. After a tussle with a taxi-driver (who is later unmasked as the grim reaper himself), there is only enough money for one entry ticket, and the husband ‘gallantly’ volunteers to wait outside. By a chance series of events, he finds himself at the neighbouring garage Die Welt der Motoren, where things turn decidedly sinister as a decidedly diabolic presence makes itself felt. This tension erupts in a terrorist attack on the exhibition, but the increasingly bizarre course of the action culminates in a happy ending: the massacred museum visitors come back to life, and the couple departs for a quiet evening at home.


Moods
Comic, Dramatic, Poetic


Subjects
Magic/Mystery, Politics, Society, Music/Arts





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