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Steffens, Walter

Der Philosoph (1987/88)

(The Philosopher)

Duration: 70 minutes

Comic opera in one act


English   Deutsch  

Libretto by Peter Schütze (G)


Scoring

2S,M,A,2T,B; 2.picc.2.2.2-2.2.1.0-perc(2)-harp-strings

Abbreviations (PDF)


Territory

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


World Premiere
11/04/1990
Detmold
Florian Zwipf, director
Conductor: Hans-Werner Pintgen
Company: Landestheater Detmold


Roles

CLEMENS STECKEL Bass
JAN STECKEL, his son Tenor
ELFRIEDE STECKEL, his wife Mezzo Soprano
SABINE Soprano
VOGEL, Steckel's lawyer Tenor
MANRICO COSCIOTTI, owner of a delicatessen restaurant Bass
LUSIA, his wife Contralto
MIRELLA, his daughter Soubrette Soprano

Synopsis

A wealthy estate owner and broker has made a reputation as a writer and pseudo-philosopher. In the idyllic seclusion of the Italian Alps, he pretends to have nothing but contempt for life. His family knows of his hypocritical ideology. Eventually, he is seduced by a young girl who pretends that she wants to become his pupil. She makes him sign a document in which he passes on his fortune to his family. He does not suspect that this enthusiastic girl is his son’s fiancée. Now the ‘philosopher’ has no choice but to actually experience contempt for life – due to his financial situation.


Moods

Comic, Poetic


Subjects

Ethics, Relationships




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