|Jacobowsky und der Oberst|
|Opera by Giselher Klebe|
The composer in 2008
|Translation||Jacobovsky and the Colonel|
|Based on||Jacobowsky und der Oberst|
by Franz Werfel
2 November 1965
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 Oberstby 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.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere cast, 2 November 1965|
Conductor: Leopold Ludwig
|Colonel Stjerbinsky||tenor||Gerhard Stolze|
|The tragic gentleman||baritone||Toni Blankenheim|
|Madame Bouffier||mezzo-soprano||Tatiana Troyanos|
|The old lady from Arras||contralto||Maria von Ilosvay|
|The flirting woman||soprano||Elfriede Zimmer|
|Brigadier at Saint Cyrill||bass||Hans-Otto Kloose|
|First Lieutenant in|
the German army
|The dice player||bass||Hans Sotin|
|The Wandering Jew||tenor||Kurt Marschner|
|St. Francis||baritone||Herbert Fliether|
|Chef D'ilot||spoken||Georg Mund|
|Police chief of|
|A Gestapo official||spoken||Peter Markwort|
|A Warrant Officer||spoken||Heinz Vossbrink|
|Hotel and café guests||2 sopranos,|
|Orchestra||Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg|
|Scene design||Ita 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.
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