Die tödlichen Wünsche

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Die tödlichen Wünsche
Opera by Giselher Klebe
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The composer in 2008
TranslationThe Deadly Wishes
LibrettistGiselher Klebe
Based on La Peau de chagrin
by Honoré de Balzac
14 June 1959 (1959-06-14)

Die tödlichen Wünsche (The Deadly Wishes), Op. 27, is an opera by Giselher Klebe who also wrote the libretto based on La Peau de chagrin by Honoré de Balzac. It consists of fifteen lyrical scenes in three acts. It premiered on 14 June 1959 at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, conducted by Reinhard Peters, and was published by Boosey & Hawkes. The opera was revived in 2006 at the Landestheater Detmold on the occasion of the composer's 80th birthday.

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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.



Giselher Klebe focused on literary opera, writing his own librettos based on classical literature. His first opera, premiered in 1959 was Die Räuber , after the play by Friedrich Schiller. Klebe based Die tödlichen Wünsche on Honoré de Balzac's La Peau de chagrin . He structured it in fifteen lyrical scenes in three acts. [1]

Libretto text used for an extended musical work

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The opera premiered on 14 June 1959 at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, conducted by Reinhard Peters. [2] [1] The leading roles were performed by Walter Beißner (tenor) as Raphael von Valentin, Ingrid Paller (soprano) as Pauline, and Kurt Gester (baritone) in five roles intended to be performed by one singer, Der Groupier, Der Alte, Der Besitzer des Kuirositätenladens, Der Notar Cardot and Jonathan, Raphaels Diener. The performance was part of the Woche "Musiktheater des 20. Jahrhunderts" (week of music theatre of the 20th century), and was staged by Günter Roth. [3] Klebe dedicated the opera to my beloved wife Lore. [4] It was published by Boosey & Hawkes. [1]

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The opera was revived in 2006 at the Landestheater Detmold, where the composer then lived and taught at the Musikhochschule and was an honorary citizen. [5] On the occasion of his 80th birthday, the Landestheater Detmold staged the work, directed by Kristina Wuss and conducted by Erich Wächter. [1] [6] The premiere on 23 February 2006 [6] was accompanied by an exposition of his autographs kept by the Lippische Landesbibliothek. [5]

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  2. Kutsch, Karl J.; Riemens, Leo (2004). Die tödlichen Wünsche. Großes Sängerlexikon (in German). 1 (4th ed.). Franc–Kaidanoff. p. 5325. ISBN   978-3-598-44088-5.
  3. Klebe, Giselher. Biografie & Werkverzeichnis (in German). Giselher Klebe. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  4. Die tödlichen Wünsche, work details by Peter Witte, 9 December 2006, Klassika.info
  5. 1 2 "Giselher Klebe: / Die Autographen der Lippischen Landesbibliothek" (in German). Lippische Landesbibliothek. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  6. 1 2 "FIGARO-Nachrichten zur Neuen Musik". neue musikzeitung (in German). 23 February 2006. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
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