Photo: Heinz Koschinski
Theater Münster, 1973, Director: Harald Höferl
Der Traum des Liu-Tung (1965)
Opera with a prelude, four dream images and a postlude. Can be performed as a double-bill with 'Die Witwe des Schmetterlings' (Butterfly Widow) under the title 'Träume' (Dreams).
Libretto by Winfried Bauernfeind based on the ancient Chinese didactic drama by Ma Chi-Yuan (14th century) in the translation by Hans Rudelsberger (G)
S,M,T,2Bar,B; chorus(may be pre-recorded); 2(I=afl,II=picc).2(II=corA).1(=bcl).1(=dbn)-220.127.116.11-timp.perc(4):SD/BD/glsp/sleigh bells(sm)/tam-t/3susp.cym/maracas/ratchet/whip-harp-strings
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Akademie der Künste, Studio, Berlin
Winfried Bauernfeind, director
Conductor: Ulrich Weder
Company: Ensemble der Deutschen Oper Berlin
|TUNG-HUA, an immortal||Bass|
|CHING-YANG, a hermit||Baritone|
|MRS. WANG, Innkeeper||Mezzo soprano|
|PIEN-FU, a merchant||Tenor|
|YÜ-CHAN, his wife||Soprano|
|LIU-TUNG, a young student||High Baritone|
|Dream images: I. TSUI-WO, Liu-Tung's wife, daughter of the Kao (Yü-Chan) - LIU-TUNG - KAO, the emperor's chamberlain (Ching-Yang)|
|II. TSUI-WO - KUEI, court official (Pien-Fu) - LIU-TUNG - YÜAN, Kao's old servant (Ching-Yang)|
|III. THE EMPEROR'S CHIEF JUSTICE (Ching-Yang) - LIU-TUNG - TSUI-WO - HANGMAN (Pien-Fu) - YÜAN|
|IV. LIU-TUNG - LU, a woodcutter (Ching-Yang) - MRS. PO, Wu-Sung's mother (Mrs. Wang) - WU-SUNG, a bandit (Ching-Yang)|
Time and Place
China in the Middle Ages. Decor and costumes can be timeless in style.
The hermit, Ching-Yang, is commissioned by the heavenly ones to convert the student, Liu-Tung, who aspires to a distinguished career at the Emperor's court, to the wise teachings of the Tao and thus to the life of an ascetic. First, Ching-Yang puts Liu-Tung into a deep hypnotised sleep in which he demonstrates to him the vain nature of his strivings in four dream images: as the Emperor´s favourite, Liu-Tung is promoted to captain and goes to war. When he returns, he surprises his wife in flagrante with a rival. But he has also brought blame upon himself for, during the war, he took bribes from the enemy and is a traitor. He is caught and sentenced to death. He manages to escape the executioner but, in the end, he is killed while fleeing. – When he awakens from his anxious sleep, Liu-Tung comprehends the meaning of the dreams and renounces all striving for love, power, and riches.
Mythology, Relationships, Religion