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Music Text

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

Abbreviations (PDF)

World Premiere
11/24/1983
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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