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Schwertsik, Kurt

Der ewige Frieden - eine Operette (1990)

(Eternal Peace - an operetta)
Duration: 120 minutes


Libretto by Thomas Körner (G)

Scoring
Major roles: 2S,T,3B; minor roles: 7S,M,3T,2Bar,4B,speaker; chorus 3(III=picc).2.bcl.2.dbn-4.3.3.1-timp.perc(4):vib/glsp/xyl/t.bells/ 2cowbells/tgl/2congas/4bongos/2tom-t/SD/BD/jingles/maracas/whip/guiro /cyms/tam-t/kit: hi-hat,SD,tom-t,BD/sekunden-harp-accordion-strings On-stage (from orchestra):tpt-perc(5 including timpanist).
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
1/8/1995
Opera House, Bonn Opera
Jurgen Tamchina, prod/Santiago del Corral, des/Erika Landerling, costume
Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies
Company: Bonn Opera/Orchester der Beethovenhalle

Roles

ZEFIRTenor
OLGASoprano
SONJASoprano
KOLJABass
KEVOBass
OTTOBass
Minor roles (many of which can be cast from chorus):
ELSESoprano
WALTRAUDMezzo Soprano
LUDWIGTenor
MANFREDTenor
ERNSTBaritone
DOPPLERBass
KAI ECHTBass
KAI FALSCHBass
HARRYTenor
ARNOBass
NADIRBaritone
TAMARASoprano
KATJASoprano
TANJASoprano
EMMYSoprano
ROSASoprano
IDASoprano
GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE UNITED NATIONSSpeaking role
Additional multiple roles (cast from chorus)


Time and Place
On New Year's Eve at the turn of a new millennium, in an Austrian castle


Synopsis

An epoch no man ever wanted to experience. The once stable political blocs are disintegrating; across the world the situation has reached a stalemate and, unless ‘eternal peace on earth’ is agreed upon, it can only get worse. In an Austrian castle, at a reception to celebrate New Year’s Eve and the turn of the millennium, an announcement is to be made: the declaration of eternal peace. There are are numerous obstacles to be overcome before then however: various groups – the military, the secret and diplomatic services etc – are up in arms; peace will of course mean they will lose the justification for their existence. Double agents, spies, generals, even a pair of lovers do their utmost to fight for or against peace. Finally, the castle retainer, an old man of indeterminate years, who has had roles in every operetta and thus knows the ways of world history, inaugurates the celebrations: a new age of eternal peace has begun…


Moods
Comic


Subjects
Contemporary, Ethics, History, Politics, Society





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