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Music Text

Libretto by Max Christian Feiler, Bernhard Thieme and Bert Grund (G)

Scoring

S,M,Bar,B;
2.1(=corA).2.1-2.2.1.0-timp.perc-harp-strings

Abbreviations (PDF)

World Premiere
6/20/1969
Köln
Company: unknown

Roles

CYTHERIS, the widow Soprano
ABRA, the wailer Mezzo Soprano
JULIAN, captain Baritone
SABO, soldier Bass
Synopsis

Abra has had enough. Family tradition has destined her to be a wailer, despite being a cheerful character in every fibre of her heart. Now she is wailing for the second night running at the grave of Cytheris's husband, the banker Diodoros, joined by the inconsolable widow who most of all would like to follow her husband. Just then the gods send two handsome soldiers, Julian and Sabo, who are guarding the body of a hanged enemy of the state and, on seeing the two ladies, forget their duties. This is going to have consequences…

Moods

Comic

Subjects

Relationships, Society




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