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Wondrous Tale of Fanferlizzy Sunnyfeet

Photo: Stuttgart Opera 1983 / Abisag Tüllmann

Stuttgart Opera, 1983

Schwertsik, Kurt

The Wondrous Tale of Fanferlizzy Sunnyfeet (1982)

(Das Märchen von Fanferlieschen Schönefüßchen)

Duration: 65 minutes

Opera in ten scenes


English   Deutsch  

Libretto by Karin and Thomas Körner, after Clemens von Brentano (G,E,F)


Scoring

3S,M,2T,2Bar,2BBar,2B; chorus; 3fl(II,III=picc).bcl-3tpt.tuba-perc:marimba/vib/SD/BD/siren/cyms/tom-t/slit drum-pft(=cel)-vln.4vlc.db

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Territory

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


World Premiere
24/11/1983
Württembergische Staatstheater, Kammertheater, Stuttgart
Axel Manthey, director
Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies
Company: Staatstheater Stuttgart


Roles

LAUDAMUS, king of Scandalia Tenor
HARUM, his son Baritone
THROTTLEPUMPA, Harum's wife Mezzo Soprano
FANFERLIZZY SUNNYFEET, witch Soprano
MISS GO-TO-WED, her favourite goat Soprano
ALLINGOODTIME, child Tenor
PUMPELIRIO HOBBLEBUCK, Harum's counsellor Bass Baritone (with megaphone)
LORD NINEKILLER, the Chamberlain Bass Baritone
THE HON. MISS NINEKILLER, his daughter Soprano
OLD WORKER Bass
2 BODYGUARDS Baritone and Bass
Virgins, Big Shots, Worthy Souls chorus SATB

Time and Place

Betterbee, capital of Scandalia


Synopsis

In Betterbee, the capital of Scandalia, King Laudamus is dishing out muesli to his happy citizens when a violent palace coup sees him overthrown and murdered by his loutish son, Harum. The tale goes from the unexpected to the outrageous and back again as Fanferlizzy (a woman with magic powers and a goat) defends the people with powerful spells; animals turn into people and people into birds, castles fly through the air and Harum seduces and does away with every innocent girl in the county until supplies run out. Thanks to Fanferlizzy, Harum is reformed and finally humbled and Scandalia is restored to its old prosperity. Until the next time.


Moods

Comic, Poetic


Subjects

Environment, Ethics, Magic/Mystery, Politics, Society




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