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Schwemmer, Frank

Die Schatzinsel (2011)

(The Treasure Island)
Duration: 120 minutes
Opera

Libretto by Michael Frowin, based on the Novel by Stevenson (G)

Scoring
2S,2M,3T,3Bar,BBar,B; male chorus (with soli); 1(=picc).1(=corA).2(I=bcl).1(=dbn)-0.2.1.0-timp(1).perc(2)-accordion-strings(3.2.2.3.2).
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
11/17/2012
Opernhaus, Zürich
Nadja Loschky, director
Conductor: Thomas Rösner
Company: Opernhaus Zürich

Roles

JIM HAWKINSTenor
JOHN SILVERBass-Baritone
MARY HAWKINSMezzo-Soprano
LILYSoprano
SCARLETTSoprano
Baroness TRELAWNEYMezzo-Soprano
Dr. DAVID LIVESAYBaritone
Captain SMOLETTBass
BILL BONESTenor
BEN GUNNTenor
The Blind PEWBaritone
ISRAEL HANDSBaritone
Chorus of Pirates4T, 2Bar, 2B (with soli from chorus)
Chorus of Englishmen2T, Bar, B (soli)


Synopsis
Jim Hawkins dreams of one day becoming master of the seas and travelling to faraway countries. In reality, he has to help his mother out at the tavern Zum Goldenen Anker, day in, day out. When one day a guest dies at the tavern, Jim finds a treasure map in the deceased’s sea chest – which belonged to the late pirate captain Flint. And, lo and behold, Jim finds himself on the most exciting adventure of his life.

An expedition to the treasure island is organised, and Jim is invited to join the voyage on the sailing ship the Hispaniola as the cabin boy, alongside Captain Smollett, Dr Livesay, Baroness Trelawney, Lily and Scarlett. Once out on the high seas, however, it transpires that Captain Flint’s former comrades were hired as the crew, including the one-legged ship’s cook Long John Silver.

The pirates are also on the lookout for treasure, and they manage to purloin half of the treasure map. Having arrived on the island, a race against time and a frantic search for the gold ensues, in the course of which luck changes side on numerous occasions.


Moods
Dramatic


Subjects
Literary





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