Chlestakows Wiederkehr

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Chlestakows Wiederkehr, op.149, (Khlestakov's Return) is an opera in three acts by Giselher Klebe. He also wrote the libretto, based on the play Der Revisor ( The Government Inspector ) by Nikolai Gogol. The work lasts about 70 minutes.

Giselher Klebe German composer

Giselher Wolfgang Klebe was a German composer, and an academic teacher. He composed more than 140 works, among them 14 literary operas, eight symphonies, 15 solo concerts, chamber music, piano works, and sacred music.

Libretto text used for an extended musical work

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The opera premiered on 11 April 2008 at the Landestheater Detmold, Germany. It is Klebe's first and only comedic opera. His adaptation of the text is only loosely based on Gogol and adds a significant twist in the final scene.

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RoleVoice typePremiere cast, 11 April 2008 [1]
Conductor:Erich Wächter [2]
Anton Antonowitsch Swosnik,
Town Governor
baritone Andreas Jören
Ammos Fjordorowitsch Ljapkin,
Judge
tenor Byoung Oh Kim
Luka Lukitsch,
School Inspector
baritoneJoachim Goltz
Artemij Filipowitsch Semljnanika,
Superintendent for the Homeless and the Old
bass Vladimir Miakotine
Iwan Kusmitsch Schpekin,
Post Master
tenorSnorri Wium
Natascha Andrejewna,
Town Governor's wife
mezzo-soprano Brigitte Bauma
Olga Antonowna,
Town Governor's daughter)
soprano Kirsten Höner zu Siederdissen
Iwan Alexandrowitsch Chlestakow,
a young man from Petersburg
tenorJohannes Harten
Ossip,
Chlestakow's servant
tenorMarkus Gruber
Mischka,
the Town Governor's servant
Kevin Dickmann
Stephan Iwanowitsch Koropkin,
Innkeeper
Policemanspoken role
DirectorKay Metzger
Stage & Costume DesignPetra Mollérus
Dramaturgy Elisabeth Wirtz

The role names above are spelled as in the German text.

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References

  1. "Besetzung für Chlestakows Wiederkehr (Cast for Khlestakov's Return)". Landestheater Detmold. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
  2. Cast for Khlestakov's Return
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