Das Märchen von der schönen Lilie

Das Märchen von der schönen Lilie
Opera by Giselher Klebe
Giselher Klebe 2008.jpg
The composer in 2008
TranslationThe Fairy Tale of the Beautiful Lily
LibrettistLore Klebe
LanguageGerman
Based onThe Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily
by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Premiere
15 May 1969 (1969-05-15)

Das Märchen von der schönen Lilie (The Fairy Tale of the Beautiful Lily), Op. 55, is an opera in two acts by Giselher Klebe, with a libretto by Lore Klebe, based on Goethe's fairy tale Das Märchen. On a commission by the SWR for the Schwetzingen Festival, it was premiered on 15 May 1969 at the Schlosstheater Schwetzingen, staged by Oscar Fritz Schuh and conducted by Hans Zender. The opera was published by Bärenreiter.

History

Klebe composed the opera on a commission of the broadcaster Südwestrundfunk for the opening of the Schwetzingen Festival.[1] He based the opera on classical literature, as also in some of his earlier operas such as Die Räuber after Schiller (1957), Die tödlichen Wünsche after Balzac (1959) and Alkmene after Kleist (1961).[2] His wife, Lore Klebe, wrote the libretto based on the fairy tale Das Märchen, part of the novella Unterhaltungen deutscher Ausgewanderten by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.[3]

Stage of the Schlosstheater Schwetzingen

Das Märchen von der schönen Lilie premiered on 15 May 1969 at the Schlosstheater Schwetzingen.[2] The night before, Marianne Hoppe recited Goethe's Märchen.[4] The opera production of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein was directed by Oscar Fritz Schuh on a stage designed by Heinrich Wendel, and conducted by Hans Zender.[2] The opera was published by Bärenreiter.[3] The first performance in the German Democratic Republic was staged in Weimar in 1988, where Goethe had written his text.[5]

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