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Music Text

Libretto after Heinrich Bulthaupt (G)

Scoring

5S,2A,5T,8Bar,5B (doubled roles possible), minor singing roles; chorus; 2.picc.2.2.2-4.2.3.1-timp.perc-harp-organ-strings

Abbreviations (PDF)

Roles

THE ANGEL OF THE ANNUNCIATION Soprano
A SHEPHERD Tenor
FIRST KING Baritone
SECOND KING Baritone
THIRD KING Bass
JESUS Tenor
MARY, his mother Contralto
SATAN Bass
JOHN THE BAPTIST Baritone
JOHN Tenor
JACOB Baritone
SIMON (PETER) Bass
JUDAS Baritone
The other Apostles Tenors and Basses
A PHARISEE Bass
MARY MAGDALENE Soprano
A MOTHER Soprano
HER SON Contralto
OVERSEER OF THE TEMPLE Tenor
FOUR TRADERS 2 Tenors, 2 Basses
FOUR FEMALE BUYERS 2 Sopranos, 2 Contraltos
TWO MALE BUYERS Tenor, Bass
THREE BOYS Sopranos, Contraltos
CAIAPHAS Bass
A GUARD Baritone
PILATE Baritone
PILATE'S WIFE Soprano
A PRIEST Tenor
AN ANGEL Soprano
ST PAUL Baritone
Shepherds, The Kings' retinues, Guards, Priests, Some women following Jesus, Believers, Angels, Demons, People
Time and Place

Israel, in Biblical times

Synopsis

Based on a poem by Heinricht Bulthaupt, the opera treats the life of Jesus according to the Bible. The scenes are: Outside the stable at Bethlehem; Jesus arguing with Satan in the desert; Baptism by John; Jesus performing miracles; Jesus's anger in the temple; the Last Supper and Jesus's arrest; the trial before Pilate; the crucifixon (off-stage); St Paul bringing the Gospel into the world.

Moods

Dramatic

Subjects

History, Religion




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