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Photo: Jörg Landsberg
Oper Bremen, 1991, Director: Elmar Gehlen

Siebert, Wilhelm Dieter

Untergang der Titanic (1979)

(The Sinking of the Titanic)
Duration: 120 minutes
Opera in two acts

Libretto by the composer in collaboration with Christian Rateuke and Hartmann Schmige; English version by Lauren Driscoll (G,E)

Scoring
S,colS,M,A,7T,4Bar,4B,non-singing role,actor; 1(=picc).1.2(II=bcl).1-1.2.2.0-timp.perc(2)-harp-pft-accordion-strings-tapes.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
9/6/1979
Berlin
Conductor: Caspar Richter
Company: Ensemble Deutsche Oper Berlin

Roles

The ship’s crew I: E. J. SMITH, captain of the Titanic Baritone
1st officer WILLIAM M. MURDOCHTenor
2nd officer CHARLES H. LIGHTOLLERTenor
Radio operator PHILLIPS Baritone
Radio operator BRIDETenor
The ship´s crew II: 1st STOKER Tenor
2nd STOKERBaritone
3rd STOKERBass
LOOKOUT MANTenor
STEWARD AT THE BALLBaritone
PORTER IN THE PRELUDEBass
(if necessary these can be doubled with the stokers)
First Class: SIR BRUCE ISMAY, president of the White-Star-Line Tenor
COLONEL JOHN JACOB ASTORTenor
LADY MADELEINE ASTORColoratura Soprano
MR. ISIDOR STRAUSSBass
MRS. STRAUSSMezzo Soprano
MR. GUGGENHEIMBass
MRS. MOLLY (CRAZY MOLLY) Soprano
MRS. MOLLY'S LADY'S-MAIDContralto
MRS. MOLLY'S CHILDnon singing role
FRANK HOLLOWAY, society reporter Actor


Time and Place
On board the Titanic, April 1912


Synopsis

The "Titanic" theme is one of those lightweight myths that lend themselves well to reworking and two aspects in particular appealed to me: for one, the cargo of Western culture that was gathered on this steamship, and second, the insane belief in technology and progress — headlines like "a good journey on safe routes into our glorious future" or "safety and responsibility" run through the whole opera right up to the solemn and horrifying apotheosis... What is new about this endeavour is that, to my knowledge, this is the first opera with audience participation. From time to time, there have been stage plays that have done this. However, here the audience is obviously and logically involved in the action from the beginning, which is facilitated by the model of the ship... After the ceremony naming the ship, everyone goes into the opera. Naturally, only those are admitted who are either first-class passengers and members of the ensemble or the people who have bought tickets. Passers-by on the street who just happen to have witnessed the prologue are not allowed to embark. But for those who are allowed onto the ship, the following applies: they are all in the same boat, but not as equals.

Wilhelm Dieter Siebert


Moods
Comic, Dramatic


Subjects
Contemporary, Ethics, History, Relationships, Politics, Society






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