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Der zerbrochene Krug

Der zerbrochene Krug

Oper in einem Akt

Text von Viktor Ullmann nach Heinrich von Kleist


  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: German

 
Description
Viktor Ullmann composed his setting of Kleist’s popular dramatic comedy in 1942 between his two operas Der Sturz des Antichrist [The Fall of Antichrist] (1936) and Der Kaiser von Atlantis [The Emperor of Atlantis] (1943) against the background of an increasingly bleak political situation. The score was completed only a few weeks prior to Ullmann’s deportation to the concentration camp Theresienstadt. Nonetheless, these tragic omens appear only to have had an underlying effect on the humorous and trenchant work. On a superficial level, Ullmann largely adheres to Kleist’s text (albeit with highly effective abridgements) and concisely relates the story of the village judge Adam who has to pass judgement on his own misdeed – the broken pitcher of Marthe – and is ultimately unmasked as the true culprit.
Closer study of the text reveals several passages which can clearly be interpreted as a commentary on the iniquities of the justice system under the Third Reich. Specifically, the final verse, written by Ullmann himself, is set in the context of the Nazi’s Volksgerichtshof (People’s Court) and its henchmen in the red robes of judges, a witty but undisguised warning: ‘Fiat justitia, | damals wie ebenda: | Richter soll keiner sein, | ist nicht sein Herze rein.’ (Fiat justitia: then as now, no-one should be a judge if his heart is not pure).
Details
Opus: op. 36
Performance duration: 50'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 17. Mai 1996 Dresden, Musikfestspiele (D) · Dirigent: Israel Yinon · Inszenierung: Ehrhard Warneke · Kostüme: Dieter Lange · Bühnenbild: Dieter Lange
Year of composition: 1942
instrumentation: 2 (2. auch Picc.) · 2 (2. auch Engl. Hr.) · 2 · Bassklar. · Tenorsax. · 2 · Kfg. - 3 · 2 · 1 · 0 - P. S. (Glsp. · Xyl. · Trgl. · Beckenpaar · hg. Beck. · Schellen · Tamb. · kl. Tr. · gr. Tr. m. Beck. · Kast. · Ratsche) (3 Spieler) - Cemb. · Tenor-Banjo - Str.
occupation: Walter, Gerichtsrat · Bass - Adam, Dorfrichter · hoher Bass-Buffo - Licht, Schreiber · Tenor-Buffo - Frau Marthe Rull · tiefer Alt - Eve, ihre Tochter · lyrischer Sopran - Veit Tümpel, ein Bauer · Bariton - Ruprecht, sein Sohn · Heldentenor - Frau Brigitte · Alt - Erste Magd · Sopran - Zweite Magd · Alt - Ein Büttel · stumme Rolle
Performances
Conductor: Werner Seitzer
2012-07-02 | Hildesheim (Germany), Stadttheater
Conductor: Werner Seitzer
2012-05-31 | Hildesheim (Germany), Stadttheater
Conductor: Werner Seitzer
2012-05-25 | Hildesheim (Germany), Stadttheater
Conductor: Werner Seitzer
2012-04-21 | Hildesheim (Germany), Stadttheater
Conductor: Werner Seitzer
2012-04-14 | Hildesheim (Germany), Stadttheater
Conductor: Werner Seitzer
2012-04-01 | Hildesheim (Germany), Stadttheater
Conductor: Werner Seitzer
2012-03-20 | Hildesheim (Germany), Stadttheater
Conductor: Werner Seitzer
2012-03-02 | Hildesheim (Germany), Stadttheater
Conductor: Werner Seitzer
2012-02-25 | Hildesheim (Germany), Stadttheater | First Night
Conductor: James Conlon
2008-03-08 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion — 19.30 h
Conductor: James Conlon
2008-03-01 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion — 19.30 h
Conductor: James Conlon
2008-02-23 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion — 14.00 h
Conductor: James Conlon
2008-02-17 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion — 14.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Meiser
2007-05-27 | Münster (Germany), Städtische Bühnen, Kleines Haus — 19.00 Uhr
Conductor: Peter Meiser
2007-05-26 | Münster (Germany), Städtische Bühnen, Kleines Haus — 19.30 Uhr
Conductor: Peter Meiser
2007-05-24 | Münster (Germany), Städtische Bühnen, Kleines Haus — 19.30 Uhr
Conductor: Peter Meiser
2007-05-15 | Münster (Germany), Städtische Bühnen, Kleines Haus — 19.30 Uhr
Conductor: Peter Meiser
2007-05-13 | Münster (Germany), Städtische Bühnen, Kleines Haus — 18.00 Uhr
Conductor: Peter Meiser
2007-05-03 | Münster (Germany), Städtische Bühnen, Kleines Haus — 19.30 Uhr
Conductor: Peter Meiser
2007-04-29 | Münster (Germany), Städtische Bühnen, Kleines Haus — 19.30 Uhr | First Night
Conductor: Gerd Albrecht
Orchestra: Vlaams Radio Orkest
2007-02-16 | Gent (Belgium)
Conductor: Israel Yinon
Orchestra: Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
2003-09-09 | Ludwigshafen (Germany)
Conductor: Israel Yinon
2000-11-09 | Salzburg (Austria)
Orchestra: Philharmonie Orchestra
2000-03-26 | Zürich (Switzerland) | national Premiere
Conductor: Gerd Albrecht
Orchestra: ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
1999-04-16 | Wien (Austria)
Conductor: Israel Yinon
1998-11-14 | München (Germany), Prinzregententheater
Conductor: Alexander Drcar
1998-10-28 | Praha (Czech Republic) | national Premiere
Conductor: Alexander Drcar
1998-06-15 | Hallein (Austria), ehemaliges Kraftwerk | national Premiere
Conductor: Gerd Albrecht
Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
1997-10-11 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie
Conductor: Gerd Albrecht
Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
1997-08-16 | Berlin (Germany)
Conductor: Israel Yinon
1996-05-25 | Weimar (Germany), Nationaltheater
Conductor: Israel Yinon
1996-05-17 | Dresden (Germany), Musikfestspiele | World Premiere
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Viktor Ullmann composed his setting of Kleist’s popular dramatic comedy in 1942 between his two operas Der Sturz des Antichrist [The Fall of Antichrist] (1936) and Der Kaiser von Atlantis [The Emperor of Atlantis] (1943) against the background of an increasingly bleak political situation. The score was completed only a few weeks prior to Ullmann’s deportation to the concentration camp Theresienstadt. Nonetheless, these tragic omens appear only to have had an underlying effect on the humorous and trenchant work. On a superficial level, Ullmann largely adheres to Kleist’s text (albeit with highly effective abridgements) and concisely relates the story of the village judge Adam who has to pass judgement on his own misdeed – the broken pitcher of Marthe – and is ultimately unmasked as the true culprit.
Closer study of the text reveals several passages which can clearly be interpreted as a commentary on the iniquities of the justice system under the Third Reich. Specifically, the final verse, written by Ullmann himself, is set in the context of the Nazi’s Volksgerichtshof (People’s Court) and its henchmen in the red robes of judges, a witty but undisguised warning: ‘Fiat justitia, | damals wie ebenda: | Richter soll keiner sein, | ist nicht sein Herze rein.’ (Fiat justitia: then as now, no-one should be a judge if his heart is not pure).
Opus: op. 36
Performance duration: 50'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 17. Mai 1996 Dresden, Musikfestspiele (D) · Dirigent: Israel Yinon · Inszenierung: Ehrhard Warneke · Kostüme: Dieter Lange · Bühnenbild: Dieter Lange
Year of composition: 1942
instrumentation: 2 (2. auch Picc.) · 2 (2. auch Engl. Hr.) · 2 · Bassklar. · Tenorsax. · 2 · Kfg. - 3 · 2 · 1 · 0 - P. S. (Glsp. · Xyl. · Trgl. · Beckenpaar · hg. Beck. · Schellen · Tamb. · kl. Tr. · gr. Tr. m. Beck. · Kast. · Ratsche) (3 Spieler) - Cemb. · Tenor-Banjo - Str.
occupation: Walter, Gerichtsrat · Bass - Adam, Dorfrichter · hoher Bass-Buffo - Licht, Schreiber · Tenor-Buffo - Frau Marthe Rull · tiefer Alt - Eve, ihre Tochter · lyrischer Sopran - Veit Tümpel, ein Bauer · Bariton - Ruprecht, sein Sohn · Heldentenor - Frau Brigitte · Alt - Erste Magd · Sopran - Zweite Magd · Alt - Ein Büttel · stumme Rolle
Conductor: Werner Seitzer
2012-07-02 | Hildesheim (Germany), Stadttheater
Conductor: Werner Seitzer
2012-05-31 | Hildesheim (Germany), Stadttheater
Conductor: Werner Seitzer
2012-05-25 | Hildesheim (Germany), Stadttheater
Conductor: Werner Seitzer
2012-04-21 | Hildesheim (Germany), Stadttheater
Conductor: Werner Seitzer
2012-04-14 | Hildesheim (Germany), Stadttheater
Conductor: Werner Seitzer
2012-04-01 | Hildesheim (Germany), Stadttheater
Conductor: Werner Seitzer
2012-03-20 | Hildesheim (Germany), Stadttheater
Conductor: Werner Seitzer
2012-03-02 | Hildesheim (Germany), Stadttheater
Conductor: Werner Seitzer
2012-02-25 | Hildesheim (Germany), Stadttheater | First Night
Conductor: James Conlon
2008-03-08 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion — 19.30 h
Conductor: James Conlon
2008-03-01 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion — 19.30 h
Conductor: James Conlon
2008-02-23 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion — 14.00 h
Conductor: James Conlon
2008-02-17 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion — 14.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Meiser
2007-05-27 | Münster (Germany), Städtische Bühnen, Kleines Haus — 19.00 Uhr
Conductor: Peter Meiser
2007-05-26 | Münster (Germany), Städtische Bühnen, Kleines Haus — 19.30 Uhr
Conductor: Peter Meiser
2007-05-24 | Münster (Germany), Städtische Bühnen, Kleines Haus — 19.30 Uhr
Conductor: Peter Meiser
2007-05-15 | Münster (Germany), Städtische Bühnen, Kleines Haus — 19.30 Uhr
Conductor: Peter Meiser
2007-05-13 | Münster (Germany), Städtische Bühnen, Kleines Haus — 18.00 Uhr
Conductor: Peter Meiser
2007-05-03 | Münster (Germany), Städtische Bühnen, Kleines Haus — 19.30 Uhr
Conductor: Peter Meiser
2007-04-29 | Münster (Germany), Städtische Bühnen, Kleines Haus — 19.30 Uhr | First Night
Conductor: Gerd Albrecht
Orchestra: Vlaams Radio Orkest
2007-02-16 | Gent (Belgium)
Conductor: Israel Yinon
Orchestra: Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
2003-09-09 | Ludwigshafen (Germany)
Conductor: Israel Yinon
2000-11-09 | Salzburg (Austria)
Orchestra: Philharmonie Orchestra
2000-03-26 | Zürich (Switzerland) | national Premiere
Conductor: Gerd Albrecht
Orchestra: ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
1999-04-16 | Wien (Austria)
Conductor: Israel Yinon
1998-11-14 | München (Germany), Prinzregententheater
Conductor: Alexander Drcar
1998-10-28 | Praha (Czech Republic) | national Premiere
Conductor: Alexander Drcar
1998-06-15 | Hallein (Austria), ehemaliges Kraftwerk | national Premiere
Conductor: Gerd Albrecht
Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
1997-10-11 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie
Conductor: Gerd Albrecht
Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
1997-08-16 | Berlin (Germany)
Conductor: Israel Yinon
1996-05-25 | Weimar (Germany), Nationaltheater
Conductor: Israel Yinon
1996-05-17 | Dresden (Germany), Musikfestspiele | World Premiere
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