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A King Against His Will
A Night's Rest At Granada
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Bearskin
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Carmen
Cavalleria Rusticana
Cosi Fan Tutte
Delila
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Henry The Lion
Herrat
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Ingrid
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Jean De Paris
Jessonda
Joseph In Egypt
Junker Heinz Sir Harry
Kirke Circe
L'africaine
La Boheme
La Dame Blanche
La Figlia Del Reggimento
La Juive The Jewess
La Muette De Portici
La Somnambula
La Traviata
Le Domino Noir
Le Nozze Di Figaro
Le Prophete
Les Huguenots
Little Bare Foot
Lohengrin
Lorle
Love's Battle
Lucia Di Lammermoor
Lucrezia Borgia
Madame Butterfly
Manon
Manru
Marga
Marguerite
Martha
Melusine
Merlin
Mignon
Moloch
Nausikaa
Norma
Oberon
Odysseus' Death
Odysseus' Return
Orfeo E Eurydice
Othello
Pagliacci
Philemon And Baucis
Preciosa
Rienzi The Last Of The Tribunes
Rigoletto
Robert Le Diable
Romeo E Giulietta
Salome
Sealed
Siegfried
Silvana
Tannhaeuser
The Alpine King And The Misanthrope
The Apothecary
The Armorer
The Barber Of Bagdad
The Beauties Of Fogaras
The Bell Of The Hermit
The Cid
The Cricket On The Hearth
The Departure
The Devil's Part
The Dusk Of The Gods
The Evangelimann
The Fledermaus The Bat
The Flying Dutchman
The Folkungs
The Golden Cross
The King Has Said It
The Lowlands
The Maccabees
The Magic Flute
The Maidens Of Schilda
The Master-singers Of Nueremberg
The Master-thief
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The Nuremberg Doll
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The Poacher
The Postilion Of Longjumeau
The Queen Of Sheba
The Sold Bride
The Taming Of The Shrew
The Templar And The Jewess
The Three Pintos
The Trumpeter Of Saekkingen
The Two Grenadiers
The Two Peters
The Vampire
The Walkyrie
Tosca
Tristan And Isolda
Undine
Urvasi
Wedding's Morning
Werther
Will O' The Wisp
Zampa


The Standard Operaglass

A King Against His Will
A Night's Rest At Granada
Abu Hassan
Aida
Alessandro Stradella
Armida
Ballo In Maschera
Bearskin
Benvenuto Cellini
By Order Of His Highness
Carmen
Cavalleria Rusticana
Cosi Fan Tutte
Delila
Der Freischuetz
Djamileh
Don Carlos
Don Juan
Don Pasquale
Donna Diana
Elektra
Ernani
Eugene Onegin
Euryanthe
Falstaff
Fidelio
Flauto Solo
Fra Diavolo
Frauenlob
Friend Fritz
Genoveva
Guglielmo Tell
Gustavus The Third
Hamlet
Hans Heiling
Hansel And Gretel
Henry The Lion
Herrat
Hoffmann's Tales
Idle Hans
Idomeneus
Il Barbiere Di Seviglia
Il Demonio
Il Seraglio
Il Trovatore
Ingrid
Iphigenia In Aulis
Iphigenia In Tauris
Jean De Paris
Jessonda
Joseph In Egypt
Junker Heinz Sir Harry
Kirke Circe
L'africaine
La Boheme
La Dame Blanche
La Figlia Del Reggimento
La Juive The Jewess
La Muette De Portici
La Somnambula
La Traviata
Le Domino Noir
Le Nozze Di Figaro
Le Prophete
Les Huguenots
Little Bare Foot
Lohengrin
Lorle
Love's Battle
Lucia Di Lammermoor
Lucrezia Borgia
Madame Butterfly
Manon
Manru
Marga
Marguerite
Martha
Melusine
Merlin
Mignon
Moloch
Nausikaa
Norma
Oberon
Odysseus' Death
Odysseus' Return
Orfeo E Eurydice
Othello
Pagliacci
Philemon And Baucis
Preciosa
Rienzi The Last Of The Tribunes
Rigoletto
Robert Le Diable
Romeo E Giulietta
Salome
Sealed
Siegfried
Silvana
Tannhaeuser
The Alpine King And The Misanthrope
The Apothecary
The Armorer
The Barber Of Bagdad
The Beauties Of Fogaras
The Bell Of The Hermit
The Cid
The Cricket On The Hearth
The Departure
The Devil's Part
The Dusk Of The Gods
The Evangelimann
The Fledermaus The Bat
The Flying Dutchman
The Folkungs
The Golden Cross
The King Has Said It
The Lowlands
The Maccabees
The Magic Flute
The Maidens Of Schilda
The Master-singers Of Nueremberg
The Master-thief
The Merry Wives Of Windsor
The Nibelungen Ring
The Nuremberg Doll
The Piper Of Hameln
The Poacher
The Postilion Of Longjumeau
The Queen Of Sheba
The Sold Bride
The Taming Of The Shrew
The Templar And The Jewess
The Three Pintos
The Trumpeter Of Saekkingen
The Two Grenadiers
The Two Peters
The Vampire
The Walkyrie
Tosca
Tristan And Isolda
Undine
Urvasi
Wedding's Morning
Werther
Will O' The Wisp
Zampa



The Plague Of Darkness








FEUERSNOT

A Lyric Poem (Singgedicht) in one act by ERNST VON WOLZOGEN.

Music by RICHARD STRAUSS.


The new Opera of the highly gifted young Bavarian composer was
represented for the first time in Dresden on November 21st 1901.

This absolutely original composition was received with acclamation, and
it deserves it. The musical part is so difficult, that it can only be
performed on a few very first rate stages, and it wants many hearings
to take in all its charm of instrumentation and its eminently modern
harmonies and intervals.

The text is very witty and very clever, and quite worthy of the music.
The story is taken from an old Dutch legend of rather free conception.
The scene is laid in Munich; it takes place at the summer solstice in
the far away middle-ages, or, as the author calls it "fabulous no-time."



The title has a double meaning as the explanation of the plot will show.

A band of merry children wanders from house to house, singing and
demanding wood for the bonfires of the summer solstice. After having
got a plentiful supply at the burgomaster's house, they cross over to
the opposite house, an old decayed building, called the Wizard's house.
Its inmate at first takes no notice of the children's noisy summons; at
last he appears at the door.

He, Kunrad, is a young dreamer, who has forgotten the outside world
over his books and studies. But the merry songs wake him suddenly to
life and sunshine. He gives up his whole house to the uproarious band,
beginning himself to tear down the battered shutters. The children set
to work to carry off every piece of wood, that is not too firmly
riveted, and Kunrad helps them full of glee.

Suddenly he perceives, Diemuth, the burgomaster's lovely daughter. His
hitherto perfectly untouched heart catches fire, and all at once he
steps up to her, presses her to his heart and kissing her he
passionately explains: "I will leap through the fire; wilt thou leap
after me?!"

Diemuth, who has all the time been gazing at the stranger like one in a
trance wakes up and turns from him with a cry of shame and indignation.

Kunrad is now attacked on all sides for his impertinence and Diemuth,
turning to her maiden friends, who secretly envy her for the adoration,
the noble stranger has shown her, whispers into their ears, that
she will revenge herself for the disgrace he has brought upon her.

While the evening is setting in the citizens begin to wander out of
town to see the bonfires.

The burgomaster is obliged to walk away alone, after having vainly
tried to persuade his daughter to accompany him.

Diemuth steps into the house, and soon appears on the balcony, combing
her heir. Kunrad standing at his battered house-door renews his
protestations of love and begs her in passionate terms to let him in.
At first she refuses tartly but by and by she seems to relent, and
pointing to the large basket in which the wood had been let down to the
children she invites him to get into it and says that she will draw him
up.--Kunrad complies with her wish.

While she slowly winds the basket up her three companions peep round
the corner and perceive with delight, that Diemuth's trick is
successful, and that the bird is caught. The tercet of the maidens is
one of the loveliest pieces of music ever written.

Before the basket reaches the balcony, Diemuth pretends that her
strength is failing. At his entreaties she loosens and lets down her
long hair, but when he tries to grasp it she jerks it back with a cry
of pain and rates him harshly.--At last he perceives, that she has been
fooling him all the time. He is helplessly caught in the trap and the
returning citizens seeing him hanging between heaven and earth
deride him, congratulating Diemuth on having caught such a fine bird.

Then Kunrad rises in a towering rage. Loudly invoking the help of his
friend and master, the mighty sorcerer, he suddenly plunges the whole
town into utter darkness. When the good citizens of Munich find
themselves deprived of fire and light, they break out into loud
lamentation; the frightened children wail and the head officials of the
town vow to hang Kunrad for his insolence and his witchcraft.

At this moment the moon shining through the clouds throws her light
upon Kunrad, who has swung himself on to the balcony, and smiling down
upon the people he pronounces a powerful oration upon their
narrowmindedness.

He reminds them, that the owner of his house, whom they drove out of
the town, Richard Wagner was one of the greatest masters the world had
ever seen and who would have brought them fame and greatness, if they
had not rejected him. He, Kunrad (Richard Strauss) claims to be his
successor, who is to carry on the great work nothing daunted, and in
spite of all the small minds of the world.

For his helpmate he has chosen Diemuth, but she too has failed to
understand, that love is higher than even virtue and morality, and for
this reason he has extinguished their lights and fire, to show them,
that all light comes, from love, and that without love the world is
dark and cold.



As soon as he has ended, Diemuth softly opens her door and draws Kunrad
in. The citizens, convinced by his burning words begin to praise him
and acknowledge his high courage and good words. Meanwhile the windows
of Diemuth's chamber begin to gleam faintly; Diemuth and Kunrad have
fulfilled the law of love and all at once, the flames of the bonfires
leap up and the windows and streets are again aglow with the light,
that is given back to the city.





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