OPERA SEARCH

Composer List


Title


Genre List


Opera Length



Advanced Search

*Deutsch

Andreae, Volkmar

Ratcliff (1914)

Opera in three acts

Libretto after the tragedy by Heinrich Heine (E)

Scoring
S,M,3T,3Bar,3B; chorus large orchestra.
Abbreviations (PDF).


Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for all countries except Germany, Italy, Portugal, Danzig, and the former territories of the USSR.



World Premiere
5/25/1914
Allgemeiner Deutscher Musikverein Festival, Duisburg
Company: unknown

Roles

MACGREGOR, a Scottish noblemanBaritone
MARIA, his daughterSoprano
GRAF DOUGLAS, her fianceTenor
WILLIAM RATCLIFFTenor
LESLEY, his friendBaritone
MARGARETE, Maria's fostermotherMezzo-Soprano
TOM, landlord of a thieves refugeBaritone
WILLIE, his sonSpoken role
ROBINBass
DICKBass
BILL Bass
JOHNSpoken role
TADDIESpoken role
A SERVANTTenor


Time and Place
The North of Scotland, 1820


Synopsis

At the MacGregor family castle, the daughter of the house, Maria, is to be married to Count Douglas: her father blesses the pair. The pathologically jealous William Ratcliff, however, is preparing to kill Douglas in a duel – his previous victims already include two hapless men betrothed to Maria on earlier occasions. In the event it is Ratcliff who is the more seriously (though not fatally) injured during the encounter. Margarete, Maria's nurse, fills her in on some family history: Ratcliff's father had loved Maria's mother, but was killed by MacGregor himself causing her mother to die thereafter of grief. Meanwhile Ratcliff himself has become ever more crazed and violent: haunted by the vision of the men he has previously murdered, he now attacks and kills Maria, then her father, and lastly himself.


Moods
Dramatic, Poetic, Romantic, Tragic


Subjects
History, Relationships, Literary





Mailing List

Sign up for news updates and offers via email

SIGN UP
Audio Visual Gallery
Get Adobe Flash player
ONLINE SCORES

Explore our library of over 1000 online scores

VIEW SCORES
FAQ | Contact Us | Links | About Us | Shop Directory | Careers | Terms of use | RSS Index