Music theatre Opera 1964

The Young Milord (Der junge Lord)

Comic opera in two acts by Ingeborg Bachmann

after a parable from “The Sheik of Alexandria and his Slaves” by Wilhelm Hauff

(English by Eugene Walter)

Commissioned by the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Year of composition 1964
Duration 140 minutes

Dedicated to Folker Bohnet

World premiere

World premiere 7. April 1965

Berlin · Deutsche Oper

Production Gustav Rudolf Sellner
Stage and costume design Filippo Sanjust
Conductor Christoph von Dohnányi

Note

In this opera, Ingeborg Bachmann and I experimented with the buffo genre. The action takes place in the German provinces, looking much as they might have done two hundred years ago. Both libretto and music make use of the comic opera of that time, with a certain, not entirely amorous complicity and detachment. At the end the humorous story changes into one of nocturnal bleakness and folly, although the style of the whole is little altered by such developments. see also “Zwischenspiele” · “Divertimenti”

Hans Werner Henze

Cast

Luogo dell’azioneThe little German town of Hülsdorf-Gotha about 1830
Frau Oberjustizrat Hasentreffersoprano acuto
Luisesoprano lirico spintoward of the Baroness Grünwiesel
Idasoprano leggeroher friend
soubrettea chamber maid
Baronin Grünwiese mezzosoprano
Frau von Hufnagel mezzosoprano
Begoniamezzosoprano the Jamaican cook
Lord Barrattenore acuto nephew of Sir Edgar
Prof. von Mucker tenore buffo
Wilhelmtenore lirico a student
Amintore La Roccatenore eroico circus director
Hasentrefferbaritonochief magistrate
Scharfbaritonotown comptroller
baritono Sir Edgar’s secretary
basso-baritono the mayor
bassoa lamp cleaner
Sir Edgarpersonaggio muto
Herr La Truiarepersonaggio mutomaster of dance and ceremonies
personaggio mutothe teacher
Meadows personaggio mutothe butler
Jeremypersonaggio mutoa moor
ballerinicircus performers:
Rositagirl of the air, a little tightrope walker from the two Sicilies
Brimbilla juggler from dangerous Istria
Vulcano a fire eater from great Milan
Adamthe ape
personaggio mutoa sweeper
personaggi mutitwo men with paints and brushes
coroladies and gentlemen,
young girls and young men of the good society of Hülsdorf- Gotha
corosome citizens
corochildren

Instrumentation

2 Flautianche Ottavini
2 Oboi
2 Clarinetti
2 Fagotti
4 Corni
2 Trombe
2 Tromboni
1 Tuba
Timpani
Percussione3 Triangoli
Piatti sospesi
2 Piatti a due
Tamtam
Tamburino
4 Tomtom
Tamburo militare
3 Bongos
Cassa rullante
Grancassa e piatto
Grancassa
Maracas
Frusta
Glockenspiel
Xilofono
Crotali
[per 6]
Arpa
Celesta
Pianoforte
Chitarra
Mandolino (2° ad lib.)
Archi

 

 

Banda (guarnigione)

2 Ottavini
2 Oboi
2 Clarinetti
2 Trombe
2 Tromboni
1 Tuba
Albero di sonagli
Triangolo
Grancassa e piatto
Piatti a due
Bei kleineren Bühnen können folgende Instrumente der Garnisonsmusik weggelassen werden:
2 Ottavini
Albero di sonagli
1 Oboe(notfalls)

 

Sul palcoscenico

Pianoforte (2° scena)
Tromba (3° scena)
Percussione(3° scena)
Triangolo
Piatti sospesi
Hi-hat (o Piatti a due)
Tamburo basco
Tamburo militare
Grancassa e piatto (pedale della Grancassa)

 

Orchestra da camera (6° scena)

Ottavino
Clarinetto
Tromba
Percussione Triangolo
Tamburo militare
Grancassa
Pianoforte a martelli
Violino
Violoncello
Contrabbasso