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Music Text

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


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Abbreviations (PDF)


Boosey & Hawkes / Bote & Bock

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

For full details on this stagework, including synopsis and roles, please visit our Opera section.

World Premiere
Theater (Concordia), Bremen
Mark Daniel Hirsch, director / Bremer Theater / Catherine Rückwardt
Programme Note

Der Engel auf dem Schiff is the third 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.

A programme note on the Three Water Plays can be found here.

Press Quotes

"Jazzy overtones and song forms rose to the top as Wilder’s shipwrecked trio sought salvation by worshipping their figurehead, only to abandon her once rescue loomed. This was fun.”
The Times


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