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Photo: Hans Jörg Michel
Nationaltheater Mannheim, 1997, Director: Petra Müller

Glanert, Detlev

Der Engel, der das Wasser bewegte (1994)

(The Angel that Troubled the Waters)
Duration: 25 minutes
Chamber opera based on a text by Thornton Wilder

Libretto by Thornton Wilder; German version by Herbert Herlitschka (E,G)

Scoring
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Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
5/16/1995
Theater (Concordia), Bremen
Mark Daniel Hirsch, director
Conductor: Catherine Rückwardt
Company: Bremer Theater

Roles

The AngelSoprano
The Mistaken InvalidTenor
The Newcomer, a doctorBaritone


Synopsis

At the pool in Bethesda, people seeking to be healed wait for the saving angel. He appears first to a doctor, who is mentally ill, and tells him that he cannot help him. There are maladies that not even an angel can cure, only disturbed people. However, the diseased hand of a man with delusions is healed. He then notices the doctor and begs him for help — for his children, who suffer from melancholy.

Der Engel, der das Wasser bewegte is the second of the Three Water Plays (Drei Wasserspiele) by Detlev Glanert, three chamber operas based on the ‘Three-Minute Plays’ by Thornton Wilder, to be performed separately or as a trilogy.


Moods
Dramatic, Poetic


Subjects
Ethics, Magic/Mystery, Society, Literary





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