Music theatre Opera 1948 1964

The Magic Theatre (Das Wundertheater)

Opera based on an intermezzo by Miguel de Cervantes

(English by Wesley Balk)
One scene

Year of composition 1948
Revised version 1964
Duration 45 minutes

World premiere

World premiere (Version for actors) 7. May 1949

Heidelberg · Städtische Bühnen

Production Heinrich Köhler-Helffrich
Stage design Heinrich Nötzold
Conductor Carl Caelius

 

World premiere (Version for singers) 30. November 1965

Frankfurt am Main · Städtische Bühnen

Production Hans Neugebauer
Stage and costume design Jacques Camurati
Conductor Wolfgang Rennert

Comments

The earliest and now obsolete version of this piece (first performed in Heidelberg, 1949) was scored for actors and orchestra. This revised version of 1964 has recast the actors’ parts into roles for singers. In addition, a scaled-down orchestration was made to suit performances in small theatres. “The Magic Theatre” is suitable as one part of a triptych, of which “A Country Doctor” forms the centre and “The End of a World” the third part.

“The Magic Theatre” can still be per formed with actors: for a production given at the Schiller Theatre in Berlin, on 30 September 1965 at the Berlin Festwochen, Henning Brauel made a version for a small ensemble designed to be performed in small theatres.

This version ensures that the actors’ voices are not drowned out by the instruments.

Hans Werner Henze

 

 

Cast

Place: Spain and everywhere Time: yesterday, today and tomorrow
Time: yesterday, today and tomorrow

 

Teresasoprano

daughter of Benito Repollo
Juana Castradamezzosoprano

daughter of Juán Castrado

Chirinoscontraltocompanion of Chanfalla
Chanfallatenoredirector of the miracle theatre
Der Knirps Pedrotenorea musician
Capacho tenorewriter
Benito Repollobaritonomayor
Juán Castrado baritonoalderman
Der Gobernadór basso
Repolloballerinonephew of Benito Repollo
parte parlataa quartermaster
personaggio muto a man wearing a talar
coro ad lib.guests at Juana Castrada’s engagement party
personaggi muto ad lib.pages at Juana Castrada’s engagement party

Instrumentation

Versione Berlinese per attori e 5 musicisti

Violino solo
sul palco
Timpano
Triangolo
2 Piatti sospesi
Tamburo piccolo
Grancassa
Glockenspiel
Vibrafono
2 Campane
tubolari
Pianoforte
Clavicembalo
Trombadietro la scena

 

 

 Versione 1964

2 Flauti
anche Ottavino
1 Oboe anche Corno inglese
1 Clarinettoanche Clarinetto basso
1 Fagotto
1 Corno
1 Trombaanche dietro la scena
1 Trombone
Timpani
PercussioneTriangolo
Piatti sospesi
Tamburo piccolo
Grancassa
Glockenspiel
Xilofon
[per 3]
Arpa
Clavicembalo
2 Violini
1 Viola
1 Violoncello
1 Contrabbasso
1 Tromba dietro la scena