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Photo: Anne Kirchbach
Staatsoper München, 1972, Director: Günter Rennert

Yun, Isang

Sim Tjong (1971-72)

Duration: 110 minutes
Korean legend in two acts with prologue and epilogue

Libretto by Harald Kunz (G)

Scoring
10S,2M,3A,4T,4Bar,9B (doubled roles possible); chorus; 3(II=picc,III=picc,afl).3(III=corA).3(III=bcl).3(III=dbn)-4.4.3.1-timp.perc(3)-harp-cel-strings .
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
8/1/1972
Staatsoper, Munich
Günter Rennert, director
Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
Company: Ensemble der Bayerischen Staatsoper

Roles

SIM TJONG, a reborn angel Lyric Soprano
SIM, her father on earth Baritone
LI, her mother on earth and OK-TJIN, her mother in heaven Lyric Soprano
PAENGDOK, a neighbour Contralto
MENDICANT FRIAR Bass
EMPERORBaritone
SHIP OWNERBass
CAPTAINBaritone
PARK, a young lover Tenor
2 Bosal = BODDHISATTVASTenor, Contralto
3 WOMEN AT THE WELLSoprano, Mezzo Soprano, Contralto
DOOR KEEPERBass
COOKMezzo Soprano
OLD SAILOR, YOUNG SAILORBass, Tenor
5 BRIDES OF THE DRAGON KING5 Sopranos
DRAGON KING5 Basses
2 COURTIERSTenor, Baritone
Gods, sailors, the royal court


Synopsis

The mythical fairy story about the fate of Sim Tjong is one of the oldest and most popular stories of Korea: an old and blind man, who is very poor, has a daughter late in life whose mother dies in childbirth. When the girl is almost fully grown, the blind man meets a monk with whom he makes a pact. For a very large sum of money – compared to his slender means – which he will donate to the temple, the old man wishes to have his sight restored. In order to meet her father's debts, the girl sells herself to seamen who are looking for a sacrificial victim for the Dragon King. She jumps into the sea, finds the crystal palace of the Dragon King and, after some time has passed, she leaves the water world and returns to the earth. She encounters the Emperor, who makes her his wife. The Emperor has a search made for the old blind man who, in the meantime, is totally impoverished, and he is brought to the court. His daughter opens his eyes... Typical of the fundamental Taoist stance of the tale is that Sim Tjong's changes of existence are completely taken for granted. An apsaras (angel, fairy) from the supernatural realm, she first becomes a human being. She commits suicide and sinks down into the underworld of non-consciousness, into the autonomic plane of existence of plants. However, she does not stay within the sphere of the yin principle – feminine, water, darkness – but is reborn into another life on a higher plane of existence that corresponds to the yang principle – active masculine, near to the heavens and light. Like her father, she will return to the heavens once her task has been completed.

Harald Kunz


Moods
Dramatic


Subjects
Magic/Mystery, Mythology, Relationships, Society






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