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Chemin-Petit, Hans

König Nicolo (1962)

(King Nicolo)

Duration: 150 minutes

Opera in seven scenes


English   Deutsch  

Libretto by the composer after the play by Frank Wedekind (G)


Scoring

2S,M or A,7T,4Bar,2B,2 silent roles; chorus; ballet; 3(III=picc).2.corA.2.bcl.2.dbn-4.3.3.1-timp.perc-harp-strings; On-stage:picc.cl.bn-3tpt-perc-vla.db

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Territory

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


World Premiere
23/04/1962
Aachen
Company: Unknown


Roles

NICOLO, king of Umbria Baritone
ALMA, princess of Umbria, his daughter Soprano
Revolutionaries:
- PIETRO FOLCHI, master butcher Baritone
- FILIPO FOLCHI, his son Tenor
- ANDREA VALORI Tenor
- RUCCELLAI Silent role
- GIULIO NARDI Silent role
- BENEDETTO NARDI Bass
PANDOLFO, master tailor Tenor
NOE, journeyman tailor Tenor
MICHELE, journeyman tailor Baritone
BATTISTA, journeyman tailor Bass
A JAILER Baritone
FIRST THEATRE OWNER Bass
SECOND THEATRE OWNER Tenor
AN ACTOR Tenor
AN EQUESTRIAN Tenor
A FEMALE MATCHMAKER Alto or Mezzo Soprano
A TRAMP Tenor
TWO WOMEN FROM PERUGIA (one of them a matchmaker) Soprano, Alto or Mezzo Soprano
FIRST SERVANT Baritone
SECOND SERVANT Tenor
A GUARD Baritone
AN ONLOOKER Silent role
A MERCENARY Tenor
A group of female dancers, Monks, Citizens of Perugia, Vagrants, Craftsmen, Mercenaries and Halberdiers
Mixed choir
Ballet

Time and Place

Perugia and Umbria around 1490


Synopsis

Nicolo, king of Umbria, is overthrown by a tribune chosen by the people, the master butcher Pietro Folchi. Folchi expels Nicolo from the country, but wants his son Filipo to marry Nicolo’s daughter Alma. Things do not go that far, however. Nicolo feigns a suicide and, officially declared dead, roams the country unrecognized with Alma. Eventually he joins a group of wandering performers as a satirist and comedian. Soon he plays his own destiny as a ‘king’s farce’in the palace where he had formerly resided and is made a court jester. Filipo falls in love with Alma – against the will of his father, who, for reasons of state, wants him to marry a Medicean. Nicolo refuses to influence Alma as Pietro wishes and tries to convince Folchi that his former wish that Filipo marry the daughter of the overthrown king could now be fulfilled, the king being no other than himself. But nobody believes the ‘jester’. Thus he dies in his daughter’s arms – not as a king, but ‘only as a human being’.


Moods

Comic, Dramatic, Tragic


Subjects

Politics, Relationships, Society




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