Music theatre Opera 1975

The Hot Furnace (Der heiße Ofen)

Comic opera in 5 acts and 3 entr’actes by Wolfgang Florey using the model by Friedrich Hitzer and Klaus Konjetzki with texts by Thomas Jan, Niels Frédéric Hoffmann and Dieter Süverkrüp

Music by Hans Werner Henze and COOPERATIVA MARZOCCO 75: Richard Blackford • Henning Brauel • Peter Maxwell Davies • Michael Denhoff • Niels Frédéric Hoffmann • Thomas Jahn • Geoffrey King • Francis Pinto

Year of composition 1975
Playing time full-length

World premiere

World premiere 18. march 1989

Kassel
Staatstheater

Production Manfred Beilharz
Conductor Alicja Mounk

Comment

Three contributions by Hans Werner Henze

Clara’s Song of Understanding
Luigi’s Lament
Finale

 

 

Cast

Gordon Helpman, scientist and inventorheldentenor        
Theodor Sackelhuber, entrepreneur

basso buffo
Dr. Fritz Dampf, delegatecounter tenor
Fridolin Zupfer, diskjockeyspeaker
pop singersoprano
old pop singerbaritone
young pop singer    tenor
chickenbass
Klaramezzo soprano
Mollycoloratura soprano     
Emil, worker’s councillyric tenor
Alex Hüpferhigh tenor
Luigi, immigrant workerbaritone
Dr. Gottlieb Spiessbaritone
news agentchior

Instrumentation

2 flutes             also alto flute, piccolo
2 oboesalso cor anglais
2 clarinets                also clarinet in e flat, bass clarinet          
alto saxophonealso soprano saxophone
2 corns
2 trumpets
2 trombonestenor, bass
1 tuba
Percussion (2 players)      timpani
lotos flute
flexatone
maracas
cow bells
wood blocks
temple blocks
3 tom-toms
small drum
drums
bass drum
cymbals
Turkish cymbals
bells
glockenspiel
xylophone
vibraphone
bass guitar
banjo
e-piano
organ
e-organ  
Playbackstransmission themes, fanfare, ad lib.: pop songs