TodOpera : Música y Mas Música! – Página 752

Un gran aporte de Lele El Veneciano. Son sus palabras:attenzione: questa non è la traduzione in tedesco del Rolando da Berlino, ma la versione originale, scritta per Berlino in tedesco da Leoncavallo!

Leoncavallo. Roland von Berlin. Berlino, 24 maggio 1987. Dramma storico in quattro atti – Libretto e Musica di Ruggero Leonvacallo – Prima rappresentazione: Berlino, Königliches Opernhaus 13 dicembre 1904Kurfürst Friedrich, der Markgraf von Brandemburg:Vladimir de Kanel.Johannes Ratenow, der Bürgermeister von Berlin Jörn W. Wilsing.Elsbeth Ratenow, die Tochter des Bürgermeisters Andrea Trauboth.Henning Mollner, der Sohn eines Berliner Tuchwirckers Erwin Stephan.Thomas Wintz, ein Ratsherr von Berlin Bernhard Adler.Makensprung, ein alter Händler Bernhard Adler.Bartholomäus Schumn, ein Ratsherr von Kölln Benno Kusche.Eva Schumn, die Tochter von Bartholomäus Annette Glaser.Melchior Schumn, der Sohn von Bartholomäus Klaus-Peter Corzelius. Hans Ferbit, ein Barbier Klaus-Peter Corzelius .Matthäus, ein alter Diener im Hause des Bürgermeisters Ratenow Klaus-Peter Corzelius.Matthias Blankenfelde, der Bürgermeister von Kölnn Michael Austin .Civile Baruch, ein Jude / Bajazzo, ein Narr Michael Austin Gertrude, Ratenows Schwester und Elsbeths alte Tante Kaja Borris . Bergholz, ein Ratsher aus Kölln / Ausrufer des Rates Mark Munkittrik .Konrad von Knipprode, ein Ritter im Gefolge des Markgrafen Stefan Heidemann .Rike, ein Ratsherr von Berlin Mark Munkittrik . Ungarisches Philarmieorchester und Chor – Dir:Fritz Weisse

Bernahrd Adler

Commissioned in 1894 by Emperor Wilhelm II to glorify the Hohenzollerns, and premiered at the Berlin Court Opera on Dec. 13, 1904, this four-act opera captured the spirit of the era. The libretto, written in Italian by the composer and translated into German by Georg Droescher, was based on Willibald Alexis‘ “vaterländischer roman” (nationalistic novel) of the same title published in 1840, dramatized for Leoncavallo by E. Taubert.

The premiere cast featured Paul Knüpfer as Elector Frederick Hohenzollern (Margrave of Brandenburg), Baptist Hofmann as Burgermeister Johann von Rathenow, the brilliant Czech soprano Emmy Destinn as Elsbeth, Wilhelm Grüning as Henning Mollner, Geraldine Farrar as Eva Schum, and Rudolf Berger as Thomas Wintz. The piece had some success, and was given 37 times until 1908.

The work was also staged in Naples in Italian on January 19, 1905, in a revised version (minus 75 pages of the original massive score). Parts of the score were later worked into Leoncavallo’s Edipo Re. Apparently, the only performance since those times was in Berlin in 1987.

Despite a lavish production, the general critical opinion was that the work was a bombastic and lavishly ambitious fiasco, deficient in inspiration. The score is richly orchestrated but the vocal lines are stiff and imitative of Wagner’s Lohengrin and Viktor Nessler’s Trompeter von Säkkingen (1884), a historical opera rife with romantic sentimentalism and popular (“volkstümlich”) national styles. Leoncavallo undoubtedly sought to blend historical and poetic elements also, but even the love scenes breathe with only a hint of the passion in Pagliacci.

An impressive overture leads to Berlin, 1442. Beneath a statue of crusader knight Roland, the Elector, in disguise, observes a crowd stirred up by a peddler who tells how he was robbed but received only scorn from the nobles. After calling for justice in the “Freiheitslied” (Freedom Song), cloth maker Henning is heralded as the “new” Roland. Henning greets Elsbeth — Henning’s father died saving Elsbeth’s father, Rathenow, and Henning has been raised by him. During the carnival, Rathenow tries to stop a performance mocking nobles, but Henning diverts the angry crowd. The Elector covertly promises to protect Henning.

In Act II, Rathenow asks God to protect Elsbeth but promises her to Burgermeister Schum’s son in Cologne. Henning overhears this (“In stiller Brust”/In silent breast), but Elsbeth reveals her perplexed and deeper affection for him (“Ich? ihn lieben?”/I? Love him?) whom she has loved until now as a brother.

In Act III, at a ball to celebrate the engagement, Henning, disguised as a minstrel, sings “Io son il Re della ballata”; the engagement is broken because Wintz insults Eva Schum; Schum accuses Henning of being Elsbeth’s lover, and Rathenow defends her reputation.

Elsbeth tells Henning that social class divides them (“darf en Patrizierkind”/May a Patrician’s Child) but soon reveals her love. Henning helps free the city (depicted in a splendid orchestral interlude) but is shot. Elsbeth grieves in “Fahr wohl, Trautgesell”/Farewell, dear companion. A final chorus praises the Elector and Berlin

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