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Music Text

Libretto by Wolfgang Deichsel after Carlo Goldoni (G)



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Boosey & Hawkes / Bote & Bock

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World Premiere
Ulrich Greb, director
Conductor: Francesco Corti
Company: Ensemble der Staatsoper Stuttgart


BOHNSACK, businessman Character Bass
CLARICE, his daughter Coloratura Soprano
FLAMINIA, her sister Coloratura Soprano
LISETTA, his maid Alto
ASTRADAMUS, inventor, Clarice's lover Lyric Tenor
ERNST, shy young man, in love with Flaminia Baritone
CHICCO, Ernst's servant Tenor
FABRIZIO and PROSPERO, servants to Astradamus Actors

The merchant Bohnsack has made up his mind to prevent his daughter Flaminia from marrying shy young Ernst. Chicco, Lisetta and the inventor Astradamus, however, have in turn made up their minds to help the two lovers. Thus when three cheerful couples undertake to bamboozle Bohnsack, the match is practically decided against the stubborn old miser. Poor Bohnsack is moonstruck and is therefore easily taken in by Astradamus who promises to enable him to fly to the moon with a magic mixture. On awakening from a deep slumber, he finds himself on the ‘moon’, where the consequences of love sabotaged by a father are demonstrated to him. At first, Bohnsack remains decidedly against the marriage...


Comic, Poetic

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