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Leviathan

Photo: Jörg Landsberg

Theater Bremen, 1995, Director: Mark Daniel Hirsch

Glanert, Detlev

Leviathan (1986)

Duration: 18 minutes

Chamber opera based on a text by Thornton Wilder


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Libretto by Thornton Wilder; German version by Herbert Herlitschka (E,G)


Scoring

S,T,Bar; fl.cl-hn-perc(1):susp.cym/tam-t/BD/3tgl(sm,med,lg)/glsp/crot/3wdbl(sm,med,lg)-gtr-pft(=cel)-vla.vlc.db

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Territory

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


World Premiere
13/05/1986
Casino, Evian
Conductor: Detlev Müller-Siemens
Company: Ensemble L'art pour l'art

World stage premiere
02/10/1991
Opera stabile, Hamburg
Ulfert Becker, director
Conductor: Johannes Stert
Company: Ensemble der Musikhochschule Hamburg


Roles

BRIGOMÉIDE Soprano
THE PRINCE Tenor
LEVIATHAN Baritone

Synopsis

After a stormy night, what is left of a Venetian frigate is drifting at sea with an unconscious prince on board. Brigoméide, a mermaid, wakens him and offers to save him for the price of his soul. The prince, who thinks he is seeing a vision, tries in vain to explain that one cannot simply give away a soul, and so he has to drown.

Leviathan is the first of the Three Water Plays (Drei Wasserspiele) by Detlev Glanert, three chamber operas based on the ‘Three-Minute Plays’ by Thornton Wilder, to be performed separately or as a trilogy.


Moods

Dramatic, Poetic


Subjects

Literary, Magic/Mystery




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