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Rubinstein, Anton

Christus (1887-93)

(Christ)
Duration: 180 minutes
Sacred opera in 7 scenes, with a prologue and an epilogue

Libretto after Heinrich Bulthaupt (G)

Scoring
5S,2A,5T,8Bar,5B (doubled roles possible), minor singing roles; chorus; 2.picc.2.2.2-4.2.3.1-timp.perc-harp-organ-strings .
Abbreviations (PDF).


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

Roles

THE ANGEL OF THE ANNUNCIATIONSoprano
A SHEPHERDTenor
FIRST KINGBaritone
SECOND KINGBaritone
THIRD KINGBass
JESUSTenor
MARY, his motherContralto
SATANBass
JOHN THE BAPTISTBaritone
JOHNTenor
JACOBBaritone
SIMON (PETER)Bass
JUDASBaritone
The other ApostlesTenors and Basses
A PHARISEEBass
MARY MAGDALENESoprano
A MOTHERSoprano
HER SONContralto
OVERSEER OF THE TEMPLETenor
FOUR TRADERS2 Tenors, 2 Basses
FOUR FEMALE BUYERS2 Sopranos, 2 Contraltos
TWO MALE BUYERSTenor, Bass
THREE BOYSSopranos, Contraltos
CAIAPHASBass
A GUARDBaritone
PILATEBaritone
PILATE'S WIFESoprano
A PRIESTTenor
AN ANGELSoprano
ST PAULBaritone
Shepherds, The Kings' retinues, Guards, Priests, Some women following Jesus, Believers, Angels, Demons, People


Time and Place
Israel, in Biblical times


Synopsis
Based on a poem by Heinricht Bulthaupt, the opera treats the life of Jesus according to the Bible. The scenes are: Outside the stable at Bethlehem; Jesus arguing with Satan in the desert; Baptism by John; Jesus performing miracles; Jesus's anger in the temple; the Last Supper and Jesus's arrest; the trial before Pilate; the crucifixon (off-stage); St Paul bringing the Gospel into the world.


Moods
Dramatic


Subjects
History, Religion





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