Today, the Theater Aachen presents the world première of Der Zauberer von Oz (The Wizard of Oz), an 'opera for the whole family' in 2 acts composed by Anno Schreier with a libretto in German by Alexander Jansen based on Lyman Frank Baum's novel.
It is the composer's sixth opera after Die Stadt der Blinden (Zurich, November 12, 2011), Mörder Kaspar Brand (Düsseldorf, June 14, 2012), Hamlet (Vienna, September 14, 2016) and Schade, dass sie eine Hure war (Düsseldorf, February 16, 2019).
The little Dorothy from Kansas is blown by a cyclone into the country Oz. With the help of her friends, the scarecrow, the lion, and the tinman, she embarks on an adventurous journey to find the Wizard of Oz. Only he can help her get back home, but - as it turns out - less with magic than with the ability to believe in oneself. (freely adapted from the Aachen Theater website)The cast includes bass Woong-jo Choi (Der Zauberer von Oz), soprano Anne-Aurore Cochet (Dorothy), tenor Patricio Arroyo (Die Vogelscheuche), baritone Fabio Lesuisse (Der Löwe), tenor Hyunhan Hwang (Der Blechmann) and soprano Irina Popova (Die Hexe). Christopher Ward conducts the Sinfonieorchester Aachen. Ute M. Engelhardt directs.
The score is published by Schott. The required orchestra is the following :
- 2 flutes (doubling Piccolo), 2 oboes (doubling English horn) ; 2 clarinets (doubling E-flat clarinet), 2 bassoons (doubling contrabassoon) ;
- 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 1 tuba ;
- percussion (2 players), harp, celesta (doubling harpsichord and synthesizer) ;
The performance should last 90 minutes.