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Der Riese vom Steinfeld

(The Giant of the Stone Field)

stage work in 2 parts

libretto: Peter Turrini · commissioned by: Vienna State Opera

Created1997-1999
World premiere15. June 2002, Vienna State Opera · Thomas Hampson, baritone · Diana Damrau, coloratura soprano · Michelle Bredt, high mezzo soprano · Herwig Pecoraro, tenor · Wolfgang Bankl, bass baritone · Branko Samarovski, speaking character · Alfred Sramek, bass baritone · Heinz Zednik, tenor · Margareta Hintermeier, contralto · John Nuzzo, tenor · Janusz Monarcha, bass · Hacik Bayvertian, Peter Köves, Walter Pauritsch, Liviu Burz · Jürgen Flimm, stage direction · Erich Wonder, scenery · Florence von Gerkan, costumes · Michael Boder, conductor
Duration02 30'00''
Instrumentation2 (2nd also pic. and afl.) · 2 · 2 · bcl. · ssx. (also asx.) · 2 (2nd also cbn.) - 4 · 3 · 3 · 1 - perc. (8 performers) - hp. · acn. · eorg. - str. (8 · 7 · 6 · 5 · 4)
stage music: 2 trumpets · horn · trombone · tuba · percussion (6 performers)
CastThe Giant of the Stone Field: baritone · The Little Woman: coloratura soprano · Anja, the mother of the Giant: high mezzo soprano · The Klammerschneider: tenor · The Full Feathered Circus Director: bass · The Music Magician Or Drunken Composer: speaking character · The Devil: baritone · Rabbi Fleckeles: tenor · Emporer Wilhelm II.: tenor · Queen Victoria: contralto · Sir Dorian Bosomworth: slim tenor · Lord Pitt the Elder: bass · The Conférencier: baritone · The Grave Digger: bass · The Coffin Maker: bass baritone · The Mayor: rhythmical speaking character · The Handsome Sleepy Person: speaking character · The Hairy Woman: mute character · The Pipe Smoking Woman: mute character · The Trunk Man Kobelkov: mute character · The five Lilliputs: mute character · 1st Country Fellow: baritone · 2nd Country Fellow: tenor · 1st Farmer: baritone · 2nd Farmer: tenor · 3rd Farmer: bass · The Pupil Moischele: boy soprano · The 2nd Pupil: boy soprano · 2 Imperial Doormen: tenor, bass · The boy Chorus of Steinfeld: 25 voice unisono · Chorus of Rieder: 6-part choir, minimum 54 voices · Chorus of the Jewish Pupils: 20-25 voices approx. in two voices · Chorus of the Guards: 12 voices (4 tenors · 4 baritones · 4 basses, in three voices) · Chorus of the Cripples: four part choir, 30 voices approx.
PublisherThomas-Sessler-publisher

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