Die schwarze Maske

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Die schwarze Maske
Opera by Krzysztof Penderecki
Krzysztof Penderecki 20080706.jpg
The composer in 2008
TranslationThe Black Mask
Librettist
LanguageGerman
Based onplay by Gerhart Hauptmann
Premiere
15 August 1986 (1986-08-15)

Die schwarze Maske (The Black Mask) is an opera by composer Krzysztof Penderecki using a German libretto by the composer and Harry Kupfer which is based on a 1928 play by Gerhart Hauptmann. The opera premiered at the Salzburg Festival on 15 August 1986, after which there were productions mounted at the Vienna State Opera and the Great Theatre, Warsaw during the following opera season. The work had its United States premiere on 30 July 1988 at the Santa Fe Opera with a cast that included Mark Lundberg.

Roles

RoleVoice typePremiere Cast [1]
Silvanus Schuller tenor Walter Raffeiner  [ de ]
Benigna soprano Josephine Barstow
ArabellasopranoLona Culmer-Schellbach
Rosa Sacchi mezzo-soprano Marjana Lipovšek
Jedidja PottertenorMartin Finke
François Tortebatbass Hans Franzen
DagasopranoJolanta Radek
Löwel Perl baritone Günter Reich
Robert DedobaritoneHuub Claessens
Plebanus Wendt bass Malcolm Smith
Hadank tenor Heinz Zednik
Graf Ebbo HüttenwächterbassRainer Scholze
Gräfin Laura Hüttenwächter contralto Gertrude Jahn
SchedeltenorRobert Werner
Doktor KnoblochzerbassWolfgang Equiluz
Johnsonspeaking roleCharleston Marquis
A contralto voicecontraltoIngrid Mayr

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