Die Hamletmaschine (opera)

Die Hamletmaschine
Die Hamletmaschine is an opera composed by Wolfgang Rihm to a German-language libretto based on Heiner Müller's 1977 play of the same name.wikipedia
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Wolfgang Rihm

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Die Hamletmaschine is an opera composed by Wolfgang Rihm to a German-language libretto based on Heiner Müller's 1977 play of the same name.
(In 2002 Rihm also produced a new version of Nachstudie, Sphäre nach Studie, for harp, two double basses, piano and percussion, and also a new version of Sphere, called Sphäre um Sphäre, for two pianos and chamber ensemble.) Other important works include thirteen string quartets, the operas Die Hamletmaschine (1983–1986, text by Heiner Müller) and Die Eroberung von Mexico (1987–1991, based on texts by Antonin Artaud), over twenty song-cycles, the oratorio Deus Passus (1999–2000) commissioned by the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, the chamber orchestra piece Jagden und Formen (1995–2001), more than thirty concertos and a series of related orchestral works bearing the title Vers une symphonie fleuve.

Gabriele Schnaut

The role of Ophelia, written for a Wagnerian soprano, was sung by Gabriele Schnaut.
Schnaut was a member of the Staatstheater Darmstadt (1978–1980), the Nationaltheater Mannheim (1980–1988), where she performed the part of Ophelia in the premiere of Wolfgang Rihm's Die Hamletmaschine.

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Die Hamletmaschine is an opera composed by Wolfgang Rihm to a German-language libretto based on Heiner Müller's 1977 play of the same name.
Die Hamletmaschine, a 1987 opera by Wolfgang Rihm

Friedrich Meyer-Oertel

Die Hamletmaschine premiered on 30 March 1987 at the Nationaltheater Mannheim in a production directed by Friedrich Meyer-Oertel and conducted by Peter Schneider.
He staged in Mannheim also Schoenberg's Moses und Aron and the premiere of Wolfgang Rihm's Die Hamletmaschine in 1987.

List of operas by composer

Leo Ascheropera by Heinrich Zöllner
Wolfgang Rihm (1952– ): Die Eroberung von Mexico, Faust und Yorick, Die Hamletmaschine, Jakob Lenz, Oedipus, Séraphin, Dionysos

Libretto

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Die Hamletmaschine is an opera composed by Wolfgang Rihm to a German-language libretto based on Heiner Müller's 1977 play of the same name.

Heiner Müller

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Die Hamletmaschine is an opera composed by Wolfgang Rihm to a German-language libretto based on Heiner Müller's 1977 play of the same name.

Mannheim National Theatre

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Die Hamletmaschine premiered on 30 March 1987 at the Nationaltheater Mannheim in a production directed by Friedrich Meyer-Oertel and conducted by Peter Schneider. The opera was composed between 1983 and 1986 and premiered on 30 March 1987 at the Nationaltheater Mannheim.

Mannheim National Theatre

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Die Hamletmaschine premiered on 30 March 1987 at the Nationaltheater Mannheim in a production directed by Friedrich Meyer-Oertel and conducted by Peter Schneider. The opera was composed between 1983 and 1986 and premiered on 30 March 1987 at the Nationaltheater Mannheim.

Hamlet

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Müller's play, on which the opera is based, paraphrases Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Robert Wilson (director)

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In the play's first staged production, directed by Robert Wilson, the first words—"Ich war Hamlet."

Rolf Liebermann

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Rihm composed his opera between 1983 and 1986 and presented parts of the score for the Rolf-Liebermann-Preis of Hamburg, which he won in 1986.

Peter Schneider (conductor)

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Die Hamletmaschine premiered on 30 March 1987 at the Nationaltheater Mannheim in a production directed by Friedrich Meyer-Oertel and conducted by Peter Schneider.

Ophelia

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The role of Ophelia, written for a Wagnerian soprano, was sung by Gabriele Schnaut. Ophelia (soprano)

Dramatic soprano

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The role of Ophelia, written for a Wagnerian soprano, was sung by Gabriele Schnaut.

Prince Hamlet

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The Hamlet character was portrayed at different stages in his life by three separate performers: the actors Kurt Müller and Rudolf Kowalski as Hamlet I and Hamlet II, and the baritone Johannes M. Kösters as Hamlet III.

Baritone

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The Hamlet character was portrayed at different stages in his life by three separate performers: the actors Kurt Müller and Rudolf Kowalski as Hamlet I and Hamlet II, and the baritone Johannes M. Kösters as Hamlet III.

Soprano

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Ophelia (soprano)

Look-alike

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Ophelia's doubles: Marx (soprano), Lenin (soprano), Mao (mezzo-soprano)

Karl Marx

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Ophelia's doubles: Marx (soprano), Lenin (soprano), Mao (mezzo-soprano)

Vladimir Lenin

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Ophelia's doubles: Marx (soprano), Lenin (soprano), Mao (mezzo-soprano)

Mao Zedong

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Ophelia's doubles: Marx (soprano), Lenin (soprano), Mao (mezzo-soprano)

Mezzo-soprano

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Ophelia's doubles: Marx (soprano), Lenin (soprano), Mao (mezzo-soprano)

Karlheinz Stockhausen

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The work is described in the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera as following Stockhausen in that it seeks "a total theatre of sound and nonnarrative, ritualistic drama."

Ruth Zechlin

Müller's play, which formed the basis for the libretto, has subsequently had two more musical settings—an opera by Ruth Zechlin for singers and small orchestra (1991) and an oratorio for choir, soloists and orchestra by Georges Aperghis (2000).