Music theatre Opera 1961 1987

Elegy for Young Lovers (Elegie für junge Liebende)

Opera in three acts by Wystan Hugh Auden and Chester Kallman

Commissioned by Süddeutscher Rundfunk

(French by Irène Aitoff)

Period of composition 1959-61
Revised Version 1987
Duration 150 minutes

Dedicated to the memory of Hugo von Hofmannsthal

World premieres

World premiere 20. may 1961

Schwetzinger Festspiele · Bayerische Staatsoper

Production Hans Werner Henze
Stage design Helmut Jürgens
Costume design Sophie Schröck
Conductor Heinrich Bender

 

First performance in the original language 13 July 1961

Glyndebourne Festival

Producer Günther Rennert
Scenery and costumes Lila de Nobili

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor John Pritchard

 

Semi-scenic world premiere of the revised version 28. october 1988

Venice · Teatro La Fenice

Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice
Conductor
Markus Stenz

Comment

I undertook a thorough revision of this score in 1987 making numerous amendments (especially in the orchestra) with the intention of removing a certain troublesome preponderance of bells, to correct various infelicities and errors, and also to deal with problems of balance.

Hans Werner Henze

Cast

Elisabeth Zimmer soprano
Hilda Mack soprano leggeroa widow
Carolina Gräfin von Kirchstettencontralto Mittenhofer’s secretary
Toni Reischmann tenore liricoson of Wilhelm Reischmann
Gregor Mittenhofer baritono eroicoa poet
Dr. Wilhelm Reischmannbasso a physician
Josef Mauer parte parlataan alpine guide
personaggi mutiservants at “The Black Eagle”

Instrumentation

1 Flauto

anche Ottavino, Flauto contralto e Flauto a becco contralto ad lib.
1 Corno inglese anche Oboe
1 Clarinettoanche Clarinetto basso
1 Sassofono contralto
1 Fagotto
1 Corno
1 Tromba in doanche Tromba in re
1 Trombone
Timpani
Percussione3 Triangoli, 3 Crotali, 3 Campane da gregge, 3 Piatti sospesi, 2 Piatti a due, 3 Tamtam, 3 Tomtom, 3 Tamburi baschi, 3 Bongos, 2 Tamburi militari (con e senza la corda), 2 Grancasse, Maracas, Cassettini di legno, Metal-blocks, 6 Campane tubolari [per3]
Carillon a tastiera
Celesta
Flessatono(o un altro strumento elettronico)
Marimba
Vibrafono
Mandolino
Chitarra
Arpa
Pianoforte a coda(senza coperchio)
2 Violini(o gruppi d’archi ad lib.)
1 Viola
1 Violoncello
1 Contrabbasso
Nastro Iländliche Kirchenglocken, ad libitum vom Tonband
Nastro II Klavierakkorde, nach Einschwingen aufgenommen