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Music Text

Libretto by Friedrich Dürrenmatt; English version by Norman Tucker (G,E,F,I)


Major roles: M,heldT,Bar;
minor roles: 2S,lyrS,M,8T,3Bar,3BBar,2B,speaker,mime; chorus;
On-stage: 2bells,station bell,firebell

Abbreviations (PDF)


Boosey & Hawkes

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

For full details on this stagework, including synopsis and roles, please visit our Opera section.

World Premiere
Staatsoper, Wien
Otto Schenk, director / Wiener Staatsoper / Horst Stein
Press Quotes

"Dürrenmatt’s parable about universal corruption has assured the opera its timeless validity... The score functions as a sonic red carpet for outstanding singers, producing powerful music theatre.”
Die Presse

“…a furious, unsettling parable about money and greed.”
Der Kurier

Recommended Recording

Christa Ludwig (Claire Zachanassian), Eberhard Waechter (Alfred III), Heinz Zednik (Butler), Emmy Loose (Alfreds Frau), Hans Beirer (Bürgermeister), Hans Hotter (Lehrer) / Chor & Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper / Horst Stein (WP Vienna 1971, re-release 2018)
Orfeo C 930 182 1

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