Music theatre Opera 1962

Il Re Cervo or The Vagrancies of Truth (Die Irrfahrten der Wahrheit)

Opera in three acts

Libretto after Gozzi by Heinz von Cramer

Year of composition 1962
Duration 150 minutes

World premiere

World premiere 10. March 1963

Kassel

Staatstheater
Production
Hans Hartleb
Stage and costume design
Ekkehard Grübler
Conductor
Hans Werner Henze

Comment

This work is a version of the original “King Stag” shortened by about 60 minutes, easier to stage and requiring a smaller orchestra. The introduction of a speaking part (the magician Cigolotti) provides a link between the blocks of scenes taken from the original. Other discarded scenes have been replaced by recitatives and further new music.

Hans Werner Henze

Cast

The scene is set in a southern European landscape – a Venice between woods and sea

Costanza soprano lirico spintoa girl
Scollatella divisibile soprano leggeroa lady of parts
Scollatella II soubrette
Scollatella III mezzosoprano
Scollatella IV mezzosoprano (o contralto)
Armida mezzosopranoa lady in black
Leandro tenore eroicothe king
Checco tenore buffoa dreamy lad
Coltellino tenore buffoa shy murderer
Tartaglia baritono eroico the governor
soprano
2 mezzosoprani
tenore
basso
voices of the forest
vocivoices of the forest
ballerinoa stag
Cigolotti attorea magician (parrot)
voci infantili 2 statues
coro women
ballerini spirits of the wind
ballerini animals
coro e comparsevoices of man, the court, the people, soldiers

Instrumentation

2 Flauti2° anche Ottavino
2 Oboi2° anche Corno inglese
2 Clarinetti 2° anche Clarinetto basso
2 Fagotti2° anche Clarinetto basso
3 Corni
2 Trombe
1 Tromba piccola antica in do ad lib.
2 Tromboni
Timpani
PercussionePiatti sospesi
Piatti a due
Tamtam
Tamburino
3 Tomtom
Tamburo basco
Tamburo militare
Grancassa
Legnetti (ad lib.)
Claves
Xilofono
[per 6]
Arpa
Celesta
Pianoforte
Clavicembalo
Organo ad lib.
Chitarra
Archi

 

 Sul palco

3 Trombe
Mandolino
Tamburo militare
Glockenspiel
Triangolo
Vibrafono

 

 Dietro la scena

3 Trombe
2 Corni
Piatti a due
Tamburo militare
Grancassa
10 Campane tubolari
Clavicembalo 
OrganoArmonio ad lib.