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Photo: Pia Clodi
Wien 2010, Jewgenij Sitochin, dir.

ter Schiphorst, Iris

Die Gänsemagd (2009)

(The Goose Girl)
Duration: 60 minutes
Opera for children

Libretto by Helga Utz (G)

Scoring
cS,2M,B,actor/dancer; bcl-accordion-vlc-sampler.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
2/18/2010
Dschungel, Theaterhaus für junges Publikum, Wien
Jewgenij Sitochin, director
Company: Die Wiener Taschenoper

Roles

PrincessMezzo-Soprano
Her mother, the Queen / Kürdchen, The Goose KeeperMezzo-Soprano
Female ServantColoratura Soprano
King / ButcherBass (with large speaking part)
Prince / The Horseactor or dancer


Synopsis
The princess is sent to a distant kingdom in order to marry the prince. She sets out on her journey with a talisman her mother has given her and accompanied by her maid and Fallada, a talking horse. Along the way, the maid suddenly refuses to serve her lady. When the princess kneels down at a brook to drink some water, she loses her talisman, which served as her guardian angel. The maid forces her to switches their roles and commands the princess to remain silent. Fearing that Fallada might betray her, she has him killed. The princess is now a gooseherd working with Kürdchen. Whenever she passes the city gate, she speaks to the horse’s head that has been hung up there. Kürdchen, not knowing what to make of this, talks to the king about what he has seen. When the king confronts the princess, she refuses to answer since she is sworn to silence. The king suggests that she express her grief to the oven. However, he eavesdrops on her. The maid sticks by the assertion that she is the legitimate bride, whereupon the king turns her out. Now there is nothing left to spoil the happy ending: the true princess gets her prince and becomes queen.


Moods
Poetic


Subjects
Magic/Mystery, Relationships, Literary





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