46. Der Ring des Nibelungen (Richard Wagner)

“The Teutonic reputation for brutality is well-founded.  Their operas last three or four days.  And they have no word for ‘fluffy’.” – Blackadder A cursed magic ring; the forging of a broken sword; giants, dwarves, dragons, and Valkyries; and the downfall of the gods in a fiery cataclysm – combined with German philosophy, radical politics, … Continue reading 46. Der Ring des Nibelungen (Richard Wagner)

44. Der Widerspänstigen Zähmung / The Taming of the Shrew (Hermann Goetz)

DER WIDERSPÄNSTIGEN ZÄHMUNG (THE TAMING OF THE SHREW) Comic opera in 4 acts By Hermann Goetz Libretto: Joseph Viktor Widmann, after Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew First performed: National Theatre, Mannheim, 11 October 1874, conducted by Ernest Frank. Dossier Goetz's opera was a hit in provincial Germany, translated into French, and performed in New York.  These … Continue reading 44. Der Widerspänstigen Zähmung / The Taming of the Shrew (Hermann Goetz)

35. Mona Lisa (Max von Schillings)

MONA LISA Opera in 2 acts By Max von Schillings (Op. 31) Libretto: Beatrice Dovsky https://youtu.be/9f-8Y5VoDRw&w=640&h=385 Schillings’ opera is an intense shocker inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting, and which plays with ideas of reincarnation and the eternal mysteries of Woman. It was a success in its day, performed throughout Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia … Continue reading 35. Mona Lisa (Max von Schillings)

32. Paride ed Elena – Christoph Willibald Gluck

PARIDE ED ELENA Dramma per musica By Christoph Willibald Gluck Libretto: Ranieri de’ Calzabigi First performed: Burgtheater, Vienna, 3 November 1770 Dossier Gluck, let’s face it, has a reputation.  Noble, high-minded, austere, but also dull – as poised and as marmoreal as a Classical statue.  “Faultily faultless, icily regular, splendidly null, / Dead perfection, no … Continue reading 32. Paride ed Elena – Christoph Willibald Gluck

27. Der Trompeter von Säkkingen – Viktor Nessler

DER TROMPETER VON SÄKKINGEN Oper in 3 Acts, with a Prologue By Viktor Nessler Libretto: Rudolf Bunge, after Joseph Viktor von Scheffel’s poem Der Trompeter von Säckingen First performed: Carola Theater (Stadttheater), Leipzig, 4 May 1884 Dossier Next in our line-up of comic operas: one of the most popular German works of the late nineteenth … Continue reading 27. Der Trompeter von Säkkingen – Viktor Nessler

26. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL (THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO) Komisches Singspiel in 3 acts Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Johann Gottlieb Stephanie der Jüngere, after Christoph Friederich Bretzner’s play Belmont und Konstanze First performed: Burgtheater, Vienna, 16 July 1782 The Abduction was a smash hit in Vienna, and Mozart’s greatest stage success throughout Europe … Continue reading 26. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart