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Music Text

Libretto by Thomas Körner (G)

Scoring

Major roles: 2S,T,3B; minor roles: 7S,M,3T,2Bar,4B,speaker; chorus
3(III=picc).2.bcl.2.dbn-4.3.3.1-timp.perc(4):vib/glsp/xyl/t.bells/
2cowbells/tgl/2congas/4bongos/2tom-t/SD/BD/jingles/maracas/whip/guiro
/cyms/tam-t/kit: hi-hat,SD,tom-t,BD/sekunden-harp-accordion-strings
On-stage (from orchestra):tpt-perc(5 including timpanist)

Abbreviations (PDF)

World Premiere
1/8/1995
Opera House, Bonn Opera
Jurgen Tamchina, prod/Santiago del Corral, des/Erika Landerling, costume
Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies
Company: Bonn Opera/Orchester der Beethovenhalle

Roles

ZEFIR Tenor
OLGA Soprano
SONJA Soprano
KOLJA Bass
KEVO Bass
OTTO Bass
Minor roles (many of which can be cast from chorus):
ELSE Soprano
WALTRAUD Mezzo Soprano
LUDWIG Tenor
MANFRED Tenor
ERNST Baritone
DOPPLER Bass
KAI ECHT Bass
KAI FALSCH Bass
HARRY Tenor
ARNO Bass
NADIR Baritone
TAMARA Soprano
KATJA Soprano
TANJA Soprano
EMMY Soprano
ROSA Soprano
IDA Soprano
GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE UNITED NATIONS Speaking role
Additional multiple roles (cast from chorus)
Time and Place

On New Year's Eve at the turn of a new millennium, in an Austrian castle

Synopsis

An epoch no man ever wanted to experience. The once stable political blocs are disintegrating; across the world the situation has reached a stalemate and, unless ‘eternal peace on earth’ is agreed upon, it can only get worse. In an Austrian castle, at a reception to celebrate New Year’s Eve and the turn of the millennium, an announcement is to be made: the declaration of eternal peace. There are are numerous obstacles to be overcome before then however: various groups – the military, the secret and diplomatic services etc – are up in arms; peace will of course mean they will lose the justification for their existence. Double agents, spies, generals, even a pair of lovers do their utmost to fight for or against peace. Finally, the castle retainer, an old man of indeterminate years, who has had roles in every operetta and thus knows the ways of world history, inaugurates the celebrations: a new age of eternal peace has begun…

Moods

Comic

Subjects

Contemporary, Ethics, History, Politics, Society




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