Drömmen om Thérèse (‘Dream about Thérèse’)
- Elizabeth Forbes
Chamber opera in two acts by Lars Johan Werle to a libretto by Lars Runsten after Emile Zola’s short story Pour une nuit d’ amour; Stockholm, Royal Opera (the Rotunda), 26 May 1964.
Told in flashback as Thérèse (soprano), a beautiful coquette, prepares for her wedding, the opera deals with the infatuation of Julien (baritone) for the haughty and unattainable Thérèse; however, when she kills her servant and lover Colombel (tenor) during the brutal love games in which they indulge, Thérèse in desperation promises Julien a night of love if he will dispose of the corpse by throwing it in the river. Julien does as she demands; then, overcome with horror and self-disgust, he drowns himself....