Music theatre Opera 2010

Gisela! oder: Die merk- und denkwürdigen Wege des Glücks

music theatre for singers, mimes, small mixed chorus and instruments

Libretto by Hans Werner Henze, Christian Lehnert and Michael Kerstan

in two parts

World premiere produced by the RuhrTriennale
Co-commissioned by Cultural Capital of Europe RUHR.2010 for the „The Henze-Project“ and the Semperoper Dresden
Funded by the Kunststiftung NRW

Year of composition 2009-10
Duration 75 minutes

World premiere

World premiere September 25th, 2010

Gladbeck · Zeche Zweckel
Studio Musikfabrik Nordrhein-Westfalen
Dortmunder Chorakademie
Folkwang-Universität Essen

Conductor Steven Sloane
Stage director Pierre Audi
Stage and costume design Christof Hetzer
Choreographers Jill Emmerson, Gail Skrela
Dramatic advisor Klaus Bertisch

Cast

Gisela GeldmaierSopranoStudent of History of Arts
Hanspeter SchluckebierBaritonoStudent of Vulcanology, Gisela's boyfriend
Gennaro EspositoTenorTourist guide, student, actor playing Pulcinella
TouristsMimes
Actors performing
Commédia dell'arte
Mimes
4 AgentsMimes
Scarlatti, innkeeperMimes
Actors performing
Gisela's dreams
Mimes
Palm court fiddlerStage music
mixed chorus

Instrumentation

3 Flutes2° doubling Alto Flute
3° doubling Piccolo
2 Clarinets2° doubling Bass Clarinet
3 Oboes2° doubling Cor Anglais
3° doubling Heckelphone
2 Bassoons2° doubling Contrabassoon
2 Trumpets
2 Horns
Wagner Tuba
2 Trombones1° Alt, 2° Tenor-Bass
Timpani
Percussion(4 players)
IVibraphone
Wood Block
Flexatone
Shocallo
3 Tom-toms (high, medium, low)
II3 Bongos (high, medium, low)
3 Tom-toms (high, medium, low)
Maracas
3 Suspended Cymbals (high, medium, low)
Side Drum
3 Wood Blocks
IIIGlockenspiel
Crotales
Matraca
3 Bongos (high, medium, low)
3 Tom-Toms ((high, medium, low)
Tamburo basco
3 China Gongs
3 Suspended Cymbals (high, medium, low)
Side Drum
IV3 China Gongs
Bass Drum
Tam-tam (large)
Shocallo
Tamburo basco
Crotales
Matraca
Maracas
Harp
Celesta
Piano
Strings
Stage musicSolo violin