Jacobowsky und der Oberst (opera)

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Jacobowsky und der Oberst
Opera by Giselher Klebe
Giselher Klebe 2008.jpg
The composer in 2008
TranslationJacobovsky and the Colonel
Based onJacobowsky und der Oberst
by Franz Werfel
2 November 1965 (1965-11-02)

Jacobowsky und der Oberst, Op. 49, (Jacobovsky and the Colonel) is an opera in four acts by Giselher Klebe who also wrote the libretto based on the 1944 play of the Jacobowsky und der Oberst  [ de ] by Franz Werfel.


It premiered on 2 November 1965 at the Hamburg State Opera which had commissioned the work. Klebe dedicated it to the then director of the Staatsoper, Rolf Liebermann.


Playbill of the premiere Jacobowsky und der Oberst (Klebe) playbill.jpg
Playbill of the premiere
Role Voice type Premiere cast, 2 November 1965
Conductor: Leopold Ludwig
Jacobowsky baritone Oskar Czerwenka
Colonel Stjerbinsky tenor Gerhard Stolze
Marianne soprano Arlene Saunders
Szabuniewiczbaritone Erwin Wohlfahrt
The tragic gentlemanbaritone Toni Blankenheim
Madame Bouffier mezzo-soprano Tatiana Troyanos
Salomon bass Ernst Umlandt
The old lady from Arras contralto Maria von Ilosvay
The flirting womansopranoElfriede Zimmer
ChauffeurbassCarl Schultz
Clairon, café-owner
in Saint-Jean-de-Luz
bassPeter Roth-Ehrang
Brigadier at Saint CyrillbassHans-Otto Kloose
First Lieutenant in
the German army
tenorWilfried Plate
The dice playerbass Hans Sotin
The Wandering Jew tenor Kurt Marschner
St. Francis baritoneHerbert Fliether
Chef D'ilotspokenGeorg Mund
Police chief of
spokenTheo Herrmann
A Gestapo officialspokenPeter Markwort
A Warrant Officer spokenHeinz Vossbrink
Hotel and café guests2 sopranos,
contralto, tenor
Orchestra Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
Director Günther Rennert
Scene designIta Maximowna

Time and place: 1940, Paris, St. Cyrill, Bayonne and Saint-Jean-de-Luz

The first American performance was on 27 June 1967 at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, using the same cast, conducted by Matthias Kuntzsch. [1]

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