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Nusch-Nuschi, Das (‘The Nusch-Nuschi’)locked

  • Geoffrey Skelton

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Opera in one act, op.20, by Paul Hindemith to a libretto by Franz Blei; Stuttgart, Landestheater, 4 June 1921.

Though subtitled ‘A Play for Burmese Marionettes’, this work employs a large cast of live singers and dancers. The ‘Nusch-Nuschi’, a fabulous beast, half rat, half cayman, plays only a minor role in the story, which concerns the simultaneous seduction of four of the Emperor’s wives by the handsome Zatwai (silent role). His astute servant Tum Tum (tenor ...

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