Music theatre Opera 2003

L'Upupa and the Triumph of Filial Love

(L’Upupa und der Triumph der Sohnesliebe)

Libretto by the composer
A German comedy in eleven tableaux from the Arabian
Commissioned by the Salzburg Festival

Period of composition 1999-2003
Duration 140 minutes

for René Bosc

1st part

1. Tableau The old man
2. Tableau Die Söhne
3. Tableau The demon
4. Tableau On the island of Pate
5. Tableau A conflict

2nd part

6. Tableau Kipungani
7. Tableau The old man (ii)
8. Tableau A raid
9. Tableau A reunion
10. Tableau The magic box – a ballet
11. Tableau Die blaue Stunde (Mysterium)

World premiere

World premiere August 12th, 2003

Salzburg  Kleines Festspielhaus  Salzburger Festival
co-produced with Teatro Real Madrid and Deutsche Oper Berlin

Wiener Staatsopernchor
Wiener Philharmoniker

Stage director Dieter Dorn
Stage and costume design Jürgen Rose
Conductor Markus Stenz

Cast

Badi’at el-Hosn wal DschamàlSopranoThe Jewich child
The demonTenor
Der old man (Al Radschi el-Din,
named „confirmed bachelor“)
BaritoneGrand vizier of Manda, island of the black  baboons
MalikMezzo sopranoThe very old sultan of Pate
DijabBasso profondoThe old tyrant of Kipungani
Al Kasim („the sharing one“)High HeldenbaritonYoungest son of the grand vizier
Adschib („the queer one“)CountertenorBrother of Al Kasim, a no-good
Gharib („the non-credible one“)Buffo bassBorther of Al Kasim, ein rascal

 

Unvisible and unaudible: the nameless dictator of Matandoni

A small mixed vocal group: gardeners, flowers, guardsr, Nubian soldiers, bailiffs (2 Sopr., 2 Mezzo., 2 Ten., 2 Basses)Occupants of the magic box: 3 avenging ghosts (gnomes)

Instrumentation

3 Flutes2° doubling Alto flute and Piccolo
3° doubling Bass flute and Piccolo
3 clarinets3° doubling Bass clarinet
Oboe
Oboe d’amore
Cor anglais
3 Bassoons3° doubling Double bassoon
4 Horns4° doubling Wagnertuba

3 Trompets

3 TrombonesAlto, Tenor, Bass
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion(5 Players)
IMarimba
5 Mokusho Japanese rectangular wood blocks, very high, struck with     wooden mallets), also doubling percussion II
3 small Chinese Cymbals(Gongs with glissando upward), soprano,     alto, tenor, also dounling percussion II
2 pairs of Castanets (alto, bass), fixed
IIGlockenspiel
5 Mokushodoubling percussion I
3 suspended Cymbalssmall, medium, large
Wood blockmedium
HyoshigiPair of Japanese rectangular Wood blocks
3 Bongoshigh, medium, low
3 small chinese Cymbals doubling für 1. Schlagzeug
Snare Drum
Matracaalto
III

Crotales

2 Gongsmedium, low
12 chromatic Temple Blocks
BinsasaraJapanese Rattle
Chocolho
Tambourine
Sistrum
Guiro
3 Wood Blocks
Tam-Tamlow
IV6 Tom-Toms
Tam-Tamlow
Log Drumlarge
Matracasoprano
Flexatone
2 Thai Gliss-Gongs
V

Bass Drum with Cymbal

2 Gliss-GingsBeijing
Guiro
Matracabass
2 Pairs of Castanetssoprano and alto, fixed
Gonglow
2 Harps
Piano*
Strings

 

Pre-produced tape, „Bruitage“

*Use definitely a grand piano, and be it just a baby grand. (HWH)