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Idea and text by Werner Egk (G)


1953 version: 0.0.4.bcl.tsax.0-;
1957 version: 0.0.2.bcl.tsax.0-

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World Premiere
Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt am Main
Company: unknown

World stage premiere
Nationaltheater, Mannheim
Company: Nationaltheater Mannheim


Three solo voices Soprano, Tenor, Baritone

"In his Abstract Opera, Egk abandons representational art even further. It is an attempt to replace coherent dialogues with the freely combined syllables and sounds of a fantasy language. In an extreme case of 'poésie pure', the word is treated only according to melodic and rhythmic guidelines. Symbolism replaces logic. Every scene expresses a typical situation: love, fear, pain, panic, despair... Intensified by Blacher’s fluctuating music which sublimates the style of jazz by tonal and metrical means, Egk’s libretto successfully creates an X-ray view into the psychic mechanism of opera itself."

H. H. Stuckenschmidt

Dramatic, Poetic


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