Music theatre Opera 1989

The Ocean Betrayed (Das verratene Meer)

Music drama in two acts by Hans-Ulrich Treichel

Based on the novel “Gogo No Eiko” (The sailor who fell from grace with the sea) by Yukio Mishima

Commissioned by the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Period of composition 1986-89
Revisions 2003, 2005 und 2010 titeled „Gogo No Eiko“
Duration 108 minutes

World premiere

World premiere 5. May 1990

Berlin · Deutsche Oper

Production Götz Friedrich
Stage design Hans Hoffer
Costume design Jan Skalicky
Conductor Markus Stenz

Comments

W. H. Auden’s essay “The enchafèd flood”, the theatre of Racine and Corneille, post- Wagnerian music drama and psychoanalysis are the principal sources of inspiration for this tragedy of love, set in modern Japan.

Hans Werner Henze

Cast

Fusako Kuroda soprano liricoa widow of 33, owner of the fashion shop “Rex” in Yokohama
Noboru tenoreher son, 13, also known
as “number three”
tenore ship’s mate
Ryujibasso2nd officer of the freighter “Rakuyo-Maru”
Gang of boys, friends of Noboru:
baritono acuto “number one” the ringleader
contro-tenore“number two”
baritono“number four”
 basso“number five”
personaggio muto a ship’s officer
personaggi muti seamen
personaggi muti stevedores
personaggio mutothe business manager of the boutique “Rex”
personaggi mutithree saleswomen

Instrumentation

3 Flauti2° anche Ottavino
3° anche Flauto contralto
1 Oboe
1 Oboe d’amore 
1 Corno inglese
2 Clarinetti 2° anche Clarinetto basso
1 Clarinetto basso anche Clarinetto contrabbasso
1 Sassofono soprano
3 Fagotti3° anche Controfagotto
4 Corni
3 Trombe
1 Trombone contralto
1 Trombone tenore
1 Trombone basso
1 Trombone contrabbasso
Timpani
Percussione

Piatti sospesi
2 Gong
Gong cinesi
Tamtam (basso)
Tamburo piccolo
Tamburello basco
6 Tomtom
Tamburo militare
Cassa rullante
Trinidad steel drum
Grancassa e piatto
Maracas
Castagnette
Tescini cinesi
Cassettina di legno
O-Daiko
Guiro
Frusta
Raganella
Tamburo di frizione
Flessatono
Vibrafono
Marimba
Sirena
6 Campanelli
Cimbali antichi
Foglia di metallo
[per 7]

2 Arpe
Pianoforte  
Celesta
Archi
Nastro(Campane di battello, rumori del porto, gride dei gabbiani, rumori di una costruzione)