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Libretto based on the play by Witold Gombrowicz (G)

Scoring

3S,lyrS,M,A,3T,3Bar,BBar,non-singing role-chorus; 3(III=picc).3(III=corA).3(III=bcl).3(III=dbn)-4.3.3.1-timp.perc(3)-harp-cel-strings

Abbreviations (PDF)

World Premiere
15/09/1973
Wuppertal
Company: Opernhaus Wuppertal

Roles

YVONNE Non-singing role
KING IGNAZ Baritone
QUEEN MARGARET Mezzo soprano
PRINCE PHILIPP, heir to the throne Tenor
CHAMBERLAIN Bass baritone
ISA, lady-in-waiting Lyric soprano
ZYPRIAN, the Prince´s friend Tenor
Yvonne´s TWO AUNTS Soprano, Alto
INNOZENZ, courtier Baritone
VALENTIN, flunkey Buffo Tenor
2 LADIES-IN-WAITING Sopranos
CHIEF JUDGE Baritone
Mixed Choir
Time and Place

An imaginary royal court in an imaginary land

Synopsis

The prince is harrowed by boredom and satiety. To break through the court's ceremony, on a whim, he becomes engaged to Yvonne, a girl who is as taciturn as she is ugly. The court retinue mock and deride but Yvonne says nothing. Her silence becomes a provocation. A tense atmosphere develops. They try to entice Yvonne to break her silence, to make her grow up, to categorise her, but all such attempts fail. The past resurfaces. King Ignaz and his chamberlain turn out to be murderers, the king's rule mere tyranny, the ceremony of the court a farce... Yvonne does not break her silence about any of this. She is simply there. Thoughts of murder arise. Each person plans to commit the crime which is then, finally, carried out in grand ceremonial style.
Witold Gombrowicz

Moods

Comic, Dramatic, Poetic

Subjects

Literary, Politics, Relationships, Society




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