Music theatre Opera 1951

Boulevard Solitude

Lyrical drama in seven scenes

Libretto by Grete Weil
Scenario by Walter Jockisch
(English by Norman Platt)

Year of composition 1951
Duration 82 minutes

World premiere

World premiere 17. february 1952

Hannover · Landestheater

Production Walter Jockisch
Choreography Otto Krüger
Stage and costume design Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Conductor Johannes Schüler

Comment

In 1974 Jean-Pierre Ponnelle and Grete Weil made some changes to the libretto for a production at the Bayerische Staatsoper. These amendments were incorporated by the pub- lishers into the hire material and the new editions of the piano reduction and libretto. For a production by the Hessischer Rundfunk in 1952, I extended Pantomime No. 6 (at the end of the 2nd scene) with an aria. This aria is available on request from the publishers. I used it in my 1954 productions of “Boulevard” in Naples and Rome.

Hans Werner Henze

Cast

Manon Lescaut soprano leggero
Armand des Grieux tenore lirico a student
Lilaque père tenore buffo a wealthy cavalier
Lescautbaritono lirico Manon’s brother
Francisbaritonoa friend of Armand
Lilaque filsbasso
danzatori two cocaine addicts
ballerino cigarette boy
ballerina flower girl
danzatori e mimipaper boys, beggars, tarts, policemen, male and female students, travellers

Instrumentation

2 Flauti2° anche Ottavino
1 Oboe
1 Corno inglese
1 Clarinetto
1 Clarinetto basso
2 Fagotti
4 Corni
4 Trombe jazz
3 Tromboni
1 Tuba
Timpani
Percussione

Triangolo
Piatti sospesi
Tamtam
Tomtom
2 Tamburi piccoli
Grancassa
Claves
Maracas
Glockenspiel
Xilofono
Vibrafono
Campane tubolari
[per 9]

Arpa
Pianoforte
Mandolino
Archi