Music theatre Opera 1964

The End of a World (Das Ende einer Welt)

Opera buffa in one act by Wolfgang Hildesheimer

Adaption for theatre of the radio opera of the same name

English by Wesley Balk

Year of composition 1964
Duration 40 minutes

Dedicated to Ernst Schnabel

World premiere

World premiere 30. november 1965

Frankfurt am Main · Städtische Bühnen
Production Hans Neugebauer
Stage and costume design Jacques Camurati ·
Conductor Wolfgang Rennert

Comment

This is a re-working the subject and musical material used in the radio play (1953) of the same name. The electronic component has been completely omitted in this version, and in a stage production should be replaced by the use of visual effects alone.

Hans Werner Henze

Cast

Signora Sgambati soprano leggeroastrologer
Marchesa Monte- tristocontralto
Herr Fallersleben tenore e parte parlata
Dombrowska tenore acutomulti-talent
Professor Kuntz- Sartoribaritonopolitician
Golchbassoman of culture
coro mistochorus of guests

Instrumentation

1 Flautoanche Flauto a becco ad lib.
1 Oboe
1 Clarinetto
1 Fagotto
1 Corno
1 Tromba
1 Trombone
Timpani
Percussione

Piatti sospesi
Piatti a due
Tamtam
Tamburo piccolo
2 Tomtom
Grancassa
Claves
Maracas
Glockenspiel
Xilofono
Vibrafono
Campane tubolari
[per 3]

Arpa
Chitarra
Pianoforte anche a quattro mani
Armonio
Archiper lo più soli

 

 Sul palco

1 Flauto
Clavicembalo
Nastri magneticidietro il palco