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Königskinder (‘The King’s Children’)locked

  • Amanda Glauert

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Märchenoper in three acts by engelbert Humperdinck to a libretto by ernst Rosmer (pseudonym of Else Bernstein-Porges) after her play of the same name; New York, Metropolitan Opera, 28 December 1910.

In 1894 Heinrich Porges asked Humperdinck to provide incidental music for the play written by his daughter, Else Bernstein-Porges, under the pseudonym Ernst Rosmer. When the author refused to allow the material to be expanded into an opera, Humperdinck decided to adopt the medium of melodrama, mixing spoken dialogue and song with a new kind of rhythmically notated Sprechgesang. The work was produced at the Munich Hoftheater on ...

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