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Love and Other Demons

Love and Other Demons

Opera in two parts

Libretto by Kornél Hamvai

after Gabriel García Márquez's novel "Of Love and Other Demons"


  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English • Latin • Spanish
  • Order No.: LS 5189-01

Description

SYNOPSIS


Sierva María, daughter of the Marquis Don Ygnacio, grows up without a mother. She is brought up by the black housekeeper Dominga who also teaches her the Yoruba language of the slaves and introduces her to the world of voodoo. During an eclipse of the sun, Sierva María is bitten by an apparently rabid dog at the slave market in Cartagena de Indias, but seems to be barely injured and certainly not infected. In celebration of Sierva’s twelfth birthday, Dominga performs a voodoo ritual on her and gives her a necklace to wear depicting Oshun, the god of love and beauty. Her father vehemently opposes these heathen rituals; he does not wish his daughter to adhere to the customs of the slaves. Within the atmosphere of superstition and religious mania prevalent in the town, the subject of rabies has soon been dropped; the inhabitants have long been unnerved by Sierva’s almost animalistic ferocity and now maintain that she has been possessed since the incident with the dog. Although the Jewish doctor Abrenuncio can detect no signs of either rabies or bedevilment, Bishop Toribio orders that Sierva should be incarcerated in the nunnery of St. Clare and orders Father Cayetano Delaura to perform her exorcism. Soon however, it is Delaura who is possessed – namely by the ‘most terrible of all demons’, an overwhelming love of Sierva. When Abbess Josefa Miranda discovers the Father and Sierva in a compromising situation, she throws him out of the nunnery. It is the Bishop who now performs the exorcism which Sierva does not survive: her dying thoughts are of the protective gods of the Yoruba and the Spanish love poems by Pater Delaura.


COMMENTARY


Love and Other Demons takes place in the magically tropical world of Columbia in the eighteenth century. The opera is based on the novel ‘Del amor y otros demonios’ (Of Love and Other Demons, published in 1994) by the Columbian winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Gabriel García Márquez. The libretto was compiled by the Hungarian author Kornél Hamvai and the English dramatist Edward Kemp cooperated with Peter Eötvös on the English passages of the text. A special feature of Love and Other Demons is the seating of the orchestra in the pit: two identical instrumental groups (each consisting of strings, solo wind players and a percussionist) are positioned left and right framing the central group consisting of bass clarinet, saxophone, tuba, harp and celesta. This central group functions as a tonal bridge linking the outer dialogues between the other two orchestral groups. Instruments from the centre group are also employed to highlight particular musicaldramatic moments such as the celesta with which the opera begins and ends and the tuba which accompanies the exorcism scene. The multilingualism of the libretto is a further special feature. Peter Eötvös and Kornél Hamvai have allotted a particularly characteristic language to each of the different narratives and actions in this story: English is the daily language used by the aristocracy, Latin is the language for the ecclesiastical rituals, Delaura reverts to Spanish when his conversations with Sierva take on a personal note and Yoruba is the language of the slaves.

Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned jointly by Glyndebourne Opera and the BBC
Performance duration: 120' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 10. August 2008 Lewes, Glyndebourne Opera (UK) Glyndebourne Festival 2008 · Dirigent: Vladimir Jurowski · London Philharmonic Orchestra · The Glyndebourne Chorus · Choreinstudierung: Thomas Blunt · Inszenierung: Silviu Purcarete · Kostüme: Helmut Stürmer · Bühnenbild: Helmut Stürmer
Year of composition: 2006 - 2008 (2016)
instrumentation: 2 (beide auch Picc., 2. auch Altfl.) · 2 · 2 · Bassklar. · Sax. (Sopran, Alt, Bariton) · 2 (2. auch Kfg.) - 4 · 2 · 2 · 1 - S. (I: P. [t.] · Glsp. · Crot. · Marimba · Röhrengl. · 3 Gongs · Kuhgl. · Trgl. · Beck. [m./t.] · Sizzle-Beck. · Schellen [h. u. laut, 3-4 exotische Sorten, farbiger Klang] · Tamt. [t.] · Amboss · Tamb. · gr. Tr. · Holzbl. [sehr h.] · afrik. Bohnenrassel; II: P. [t.] · Crot. · Vibr. · Röhrengl. · 4 Gongs · 2 Cencerros [sehr h.] · Trgl. · Beck. [m./t.] · Sizzle-Beck. · Schellen [h. u. laut, 3-4 exotische Sorten, farbiger Klang] · Tamb. · gr. Tr. · Mar. [h./t.]) (2 Spieler) - Hfe. · Cel. - Str. (12 · 0 · 8 · 6 · 4 [2 mit 5. Saite H])

Bläser, Schlagzeug und Streicher sind gleichmäßig in 2 Gruppen (l./r. im Graben) aufgeteilt.Bassklar., Sax., Tb., Hfe. und Cel. sind dazwischen positioniert. Backstage sind vier bis acht Lautsprecher aufgestellt, für deren Steuerung ein Toningenieur erforderlich ist. Für alle technischen Anweisungen wenden Sie sich bitte an www.eotvospeter.com

Wind instruments, percussion and string sections are divided into two groups and positioned in the pit (left side / right side) with bass clarinet, sax, tuba, harp and celesta between the two groups. Four to Eight loudspeakers are positioned backstage; a sound engineer is required for balancing the sound. For technical instructions please contact www.eotvospeter.com
occupation: Sierva María · Koloratursopran - Don Ygnacio, a Marquis, her father · Tenor - Dominga, a black servant woman · Alt - Abrenuncio, a doctor · Tenor - Don Toribio, bishop · Bass - Father Cayetano Delaura · Bariton - Josefa Miranda, abbess · Mezzosopran - Martina Laborde, an insane woman · Alt - 5 African Slaves in Ygnacio’s house · tiefe, starke Sprechstimmen - Choir (Nuns, Slaves, Dreamvoices) · 4 Soprane, 2 Mezzosoprane, 2 Alt mit "voix blanche"
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2017-05-27 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2017-05-25 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2017-02-27 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2017-02-25 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2017-02-08 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2017-02-05 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2017-02-02 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2017-01-29 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2017-01-27 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház | national Premiere
Conductor: Stephan Tetzlaff
2013-06-28 | Bremerhaven (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Stephan Tetzlaff
2013-06-19 | Bremerhaven (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Stephan Tetzlaff
2013-06-15 | Bremerhaven (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Stephan Tetzlaff
2013-06-06 | Bremerhaven (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Stephan Tetzlaff
2013-06-01 | Bremerhaven (Germany), Theater — 19:30 | First Night
Conductor: Alejo Pérez
2011-11-24 | Vilnius (Lithuania), Lithuanian National Opera | Revival
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, 25. & 27.09.; Ralf Sochaczewsky, 29.09. & 09.10.
2010-10-09 | Mulhouse (France), La Filature
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, 25. & 27.09.; Ralf Sochaczewsky, 29.09. & 09.10.
2010-09-29 | Strasbourg (France), Opéra
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, 25. & 27.09.; Ralf Sochaczewsky, 29.09. & 09.10.
2010-09-27 | Strasbourg (France), Opéra
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, 25. & 27.09.; Ralf Sochaczewsky, 29.09. & 09.10.
2010-09-25 | Strasbourg (France), Opéra | national Premiere
Conductor: Markus Stenz
2010-05-24 | Köln (Germany), Oper
Conductor: Markus Stenz
2010-05-16 | Köln (Germany), Oper
Conductor: Markus Stenz
2010-05-12 | Köln (Germany), Oper
Conductor: Markus Stenz
2010-05-08 | Köln (Germany), Oper
Conductor: Markus Stenz
2010-05-06 | Köln (Germany), Oper
Conductor: Markus Stenz
2010-04-29 | Köln (Germany), Oper | First Night
Conductor: Frank Beermann
2010-04-05 | Chemnitz (Germany), Opernhaus — 15.00 h
Conductor: Frank Beermann
2010-03-18 | Chemnitz (Germany), Opernhaus — 19.30 h | Revival
Conductor: Frank Beermann
2009-05-03 | Chemnitz (Germany), Opernhaus — 15.00 Uhr
Conductor: Frank Beermann
2009-04-04 | Chemnitz (Germany), Opernhaus — 19.30 Uhr
Conductor: Alejo Pérez
2009-03-19 | Vilnius (Lithuania), Lithuanian National Opera — 18.30 h
Conductor: Frank Beermann
2009-03-14 | Chemnitz (Germany), Opernhaus — 19.30 Uhr
Conductor: Frank Beermann
2009-03-01 | Chemnitz (Germany), Opernhaus — 15.00 Uhr
Conductor: Frank Beermann
2009-02-13 | Chemnitz (Germany), Opernhaus — 19.30 Uhr
Conductor: Frank Beermann
2009-02-03 | Chemnitz (Germany), Opernhaus — 19.30 Uhr
Conductor: Frank Beermann
2009-01-31 | Chemnitz (Germany), Opernhaus — 19.30 Uhr | national Premiere
Conductor: Alejo Pérez
2008-11-08 | Vilnius (Lithuania), Lithuanian National Opera — 18.00 h - Gaida Festival 2008
Conductor: Alejo Pérez
2008-11-07 | Vilnius (Lithuania), Lithuanian National Opera — 18.00 h - Gaida Festival 2008 | national Premiere
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-08-30 | Lewes (United Kingdom), Glyndebourne Opera — 17.50 h
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-08-27 | Lewes (United Kingdom), Glyndebourne Opera — 17.50 h
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-08-24 | Lewes (United Kingdom), Glyndebourne Opera — 16.35 h
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-08-22 | Lewes (United Kingdom), Glyndebourne Opera — 17.50 h
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-08-19 | Lewes (United Kingdom), Glyndebourne Opera — 17.50 h
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-08-16 | Lewes (United Kingdom), Glyndebourne Opera — 17.50 h
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-08-13 | Lewes (United Kingdom), Glyndebourne Opera — 17.50 h
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-08-10 | Lewes (United Kingdom), Glyndebourne Opera — 16.35 h | World Premiere

SYNOPSIS


Sierva María, daughter of the Marquis Don Ygnacio, grows up without a mother. She is brought up by the black housekeeper Dominga who also teaches her the Yoruba language of the slaves and introduces her to the world of voodoo. During an eclipse of the sun, Sierva María is bitten by an apparently rabid dog at the slave market in Cartagena de Indias, but seems to be barely injured and certainly not infected. In celebration of Sierva’s twelfth birthday, Dominga performs a voodoo ritual on her and gives her a necklace to wear depicting Oshun, the god of love and beauty. Her father vehemently opposes these heathen rituals; he does not wish his daughter to adhere to the customs of the slaves. Within the atmosphere of superstition and religious mania prevalent in the town, the subject of rabies has soon been dropped; the inhabitants have long been unnerved by Sierva’s almost animalistic ferocity and now maintain that she has been possessed since the incident with the dog. Although the Jewish doctor Abrenuncio can detect no signs of either rabies or bedevilment, Bishop Toribio orders that Sierva should be incarcerated in the nunnery of St. Clare and orders Father Cayetano Delaura to perform her exorcism. Soon however, it is Delaura who is possessed – namely by the ‘most terrible of all demons’, an overwhelming love of Sierva. When Abbess Josefa Miranda discovers the Father and Sierva in a compromising situation, she throws him out of the nunnery. It is the Bishop who now performs the exorcism which Sierva does not survive: her dying thoughts are of the protective gods of the Yoruba and the Spanish love poems by Pater Delaura.


COMMENTARY


Love and Other Demons takes place in the magically tropical world of Columbia in the eighteenth century. The opera is based on the novel ‘Del amor y otros demonios’ (Of Love and Other Demons, published in 1994) by the Columbian winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Gabriel García Márquez. The libretto was compiled by the Hungarian author Kornél Hamvai and the English dramatist Edward Kemp cooperated with Peter Eötvös on the English passages of the text. A special feature of Love and Other Demons is the seating of the orchestra in the pit: two identical instrumental groups (each consisting of strings, solo wind players and a percussionist) are positioned left and right framing the central group consisting of bass clarinet, saxophone, tuba, harp and celesta. This central group functions as a tonal bridge linking the outer dialogues between the other two orchestral groups. Instruments from the centre group are also employed to highlight particular musicaldramatic moments such as the celesta with which the opera begins and ends and the tuba which accompanies the exorcism scene. The multilingualism of the libretto is a further special feature. Peter Eötvös and Kornél Hamvai have allotted a particularly characteristic language to each of the different narratives and actions in this story: English is the daily language used by the aristocracy, Latin is the language for the ecclesiastical rituals, Delaura reverts to Spanish when his conversations with Sierva take on a personal note and Yoruba is the language of the slaves.

Auftragswerk : Commissioned jointly by Glyndebourne Opera and the BBC
Performance duration: 120' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 10. August 2008 Lewes, Glyndebourne Opera (UK) Glyndebourne Festival 2008 · Dirigent: Vladimir Jurowski · London Philharmonic Orchestra · The Glyndebourne Chorus · Choreinstudierung: Thomas Blunt · Inszenierung: Silviu Purcarete · Kostüme: Helmut Stürmer · Bühnenbild: Helmut Stürmer
Year of composition: 2006 - 2008 (2016)
instrumentation: 2 (beide auch Picc., 2. auch Altfl.) · 2 · 2 · Bassklar. · Sax. (Sopran, Alt, Bariton) · 2 (2. auch Kfg.) - 4 · 2 · 2 · 1 - S. (I: P. [t.] · Glsp. · Crot. · Marimba · Röhrengl. · 3 Gongs · Kuhgl. · Trgl. · Beck. [m./t.] · Sizzle-Beck. · Schellen [h. u. laut, 3-4 exotische Sorten, farbiger Klang] · Tamt. [t.] · Amboss · Tamb. · gr. Tr. · Holzbl. [sehr h.] · afrik. Bohnenrassel; II: P. [t.] · Crot. · Vibr. · Röhrengl. · 4 Gongs · 2 Cencerros [sehr h.] · Trgl. · Beck. [m./t.] · Sizzle-Beck. · Schellen [h. u. laut, 3-4 exotische Sorten, farbiger Klang] · Tamb. · gr. Tr. · Mar. [h./t.]) (2 Spieler) - Hfe. · Cel. - Str. (12 · 0 · 8 · 6 · 4 [2 mit 5. Saite H])

Bläser, Schlagzeug und Streicher sind gleichmäßig in 2 Gruppen (l./r. im Graben) aufgeteilt.Bassklar., Sax., Tb., Hfe. und Cel. sind dazwischen positioniert. Backstage sind vier bis acht Lautsprecher aufgestellt, für deren Steuerung ein Toningenieur erforderlich ist. Für alle technischen Anweisungen wenden Sie sich bitte an www.eotvospeter.com

Wind instruments, percussion and string sections are divided into two groups and positioned in the pit (left side / right side) with bass clarinet, sax, tuba, harp and celesta between the two groups. Four to Eight loudspeakers are positioned backstage; a sound engineer is required for balancing the sound. For technical instructions please contact www.eotvospeter.com
occupation: Sierva María · Koloratursopran - Don Ygnacio, a Marquis, her father · Tenor - Dominga, a black servant woman · Alt - Abrenuncio, a doctor · Tenor - Don Toribio, bishop · Bass - Father Cayetano Delaura · Bariton - Josefa Miranda, abbess · Mezzosopran - Martina Laborde, an insane woman · Alt - 5 African Slaves in Ygnacio’s house · tiefe, starke Sprechstimmen - Choir (Nuns, Slaves, Dreamvoices) · 4 Soprane, 2 Mezzosoprane, 2 Alt mit "voix blanche"
Delivery rights: worldwide
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2017-05-27 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2017-05-25 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2017-02-27 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2017-02-25 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2017-02-08 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2017-02-05 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2017-02-02 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2017-01-29 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2017-01-27 | Budapest (Hungary), Magyar Állami Operaház | national Premiere
Conductor: Stephan Tetzlaff
2013-06-28 | Bremerhaven (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Stephan Tetzlaff
2013-06-19 | Bremerhaven (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Stephan Tetzlaff
2013-06-15 | Bremerhaven (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Stephan Tetzlaff
2013-06-06 | Bremerhaven (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Stephan Tetzlaff
2013-06-01 | Bremerhaven (Germany), Theater — 19:30 | First Night
Conductor: Alejo Pérez
2011-11-24 | Vilnius (Lithuania), Lithuanian National Opera | Revival
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, 25. & 27.09.; Ralf Sochaczewsky, 29.09. & 09.10.
2010-10-09 | Mulhouse (France), La Filature
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, 25. & 27.09.; Ralf Sochaczewsky, 29.09. & 09.10.
2010-09-29 | Strasbourg (France), Opéra
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, 25. & 27.09.; Ralf Sochaczewsky, 29.09. & 09.10.
2010-09-27 | Strasbourg (France), Opéra
Conductor: Peter Eötvös, 25. & 27.09.; Ralf Sochaczewsky, 29.09. & 09.10.
2010-09-25 | Strasbourg (France), Opéra | national Premiere
Conductor: Markus Stenz
2010-05-24 | Köln (Germany), Oper
Conductor: Markus Stenz
2010-05-16 | Köln (Germany), Oper
Conductor: Markus Stenz
2010-05-12 | Köln (Germany), Oper
Conductor: Markus Stenz
2010-05-08 | Köln (Germany), Oper
Conductor: Markus Stenz
2010-05-06 | Köln (Germany), Oper
Conductor: Markus Stenz
2010-04-29 | Köln (Germany), Oper | First Night
Conductor: Frank Beermann
2010-04-05 | Chemnitz (Germany), Opernhaus — 15.00 h
Conductor: Frank Beermann
2010-03-18 | Chemnitz (Germany), Opernhaus — 19.30 h | Revival
Conductor: Frank Beermann
2009-05-03 | Chemnitz (Germany), Opernhaus — 15.00 Uhr
Conductor: Frank Beermann
2009-04-04 | Chemnitz (Germany), Opernhaus — 19.30 Uhr
Conductor: Alejo Pérez
2009-03-19 | Vilnius (Lithuania), Lithuanian National Opera — 18.30 h
Conductor: Frank Beermann
2009-03-14 | Chemnitz (Germany), Opernhaus — 19.30 Uhr
Conductor: Frank Beermann
2009-03-01 | Chemnitz (Germany), Opernhaus — 15.00 Uhr
Conductor: Frank Beermann
2009-02-13 | Chemnitz (Germany), Opernhaus — 19.30 Uhr
Conductor: Frank Beermann
2009-02-03 | Chemnitz (Germany), Opernhaus — 19.30 Uhr
Conductor: Frank Beermann
2009-01-31 | Chemnitz (Germany), Opernhaus — 19.30 Uhr | national Premiere
Conductor: Alejo Pérez
2008-11-08 | Vilnius (Lithuania), Lithuanian National Opera — 18.00 h - Gaida Festival 2008
Conductor: Alejo Pérez
2008-11-07 | Vilnius (Lithuania), Lithuanian National Opera — 18.00 h - Gaida Festival 2008 | national Premiere
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-08-30 | Lewes (United Kingdom), Glyndebourne Opera — 17.50 h
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-08-27 | Lewes (United Kingdom), Glyndebourne Opera — 17.50 h
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-08-24 | Lewes (United Kingdom), Glyndebourne Opera — 16.35 h
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-08-22 | Lewes (United Kingdom), Glyndebourne Opera — 17.50 h
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-08-19 | Lewes (United Kingdom), Glyndebourne Opera — 17.50 h
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-08-16 | Lewes (United Kingdom), Glyndebourne Opera — 17.50 h
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-08-13 | Lewes (United Kingdom), Glyndebourne Opera — 17.50 h
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
2008-08-10 | Lewes (United Kingdom), Glyndebourne Opera — 16.35 h | World Premiere