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Luzifers Lächeln

Photo: Tordik

Wiener Kammeroper, 1998, Director: Josef E. Köpplinger

Einem, Gottfried von

Luzifers Lächeln (1996)

(Lucifer’s Smile)

Duration: 70 minutes

Chamber opera in twenty scenes


English   Deutsch  

Libretto by Lotte Ingrisch (G)


Scoring

S,M,2T,Bar,BBar(mime),2speakers; 2.0.2.2-2.2.2.0-perc-gtr-strings

Abbreviations (PDF)


Territory

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


World Premiere
04/02/1998
Kammeroper, Wien
Josef E. Köpplinger, director
Conductor: Peter Keuschnig
Company: Wiener Kammeroper, Österreichische Kammersymphoniker


Roles

GOLDHUT, an angel Tenor
SABINETTCHEN, a girl Soprano
LUCIFER Mezzo soprano
A POLICEMAN Speaking role
A PRISON GUARD Speaking role (comedian)
A FETISHIST Tenor
A TRANSVESTITE Baritone
A SODOMITE Bass Baritone/Actor

Time and Place

Today


Synopsis

As a punishment for misbehaving in heaven, Goldhut has to go down to earth as a guardian angel. To be a guardian angel is the first stage in the hierarchical ladder, below archangels, cherubim and seraphim. Down on earth, however, Goldhut behaves rather carelessly, and is at once put in prison because of an offence against the Road Traffic Regulations. Having got rid of his material form, he slips through the keyhole as a ray of light – not, however, without giving the guard a humorous lesson on Jacob’s ladder and the transmigration of souls. Goldhut embarks on his mission but first he has to learn quite a lot himself. For those who need him have got problems with which he is completely unfamiliar: the fetishist is in love with a shoe, the sodomist with a cockchafer instead of his girlfriend Sabinettchen and the transvestite would like to be a woman. And then, to top it all, Lucifer interferes as well, the greatest of all transvestites. Is our life but his dream?


Moods

Comic, Poetic


Subjects

Contemporary, Magic/Mystery, Relationships, Religion, Society




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