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Kluge, Die [ Die Geschichte von dem König und der klugen Frau (‘The Story of the King and the Clever Young Woman)]locked

  • Erik Levi

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Opera in 12 scenes by Carl Orff after the fairy-tale Die kluge Bauerntochter by the brothers Jacob Ludwig and Wilhelm Carl Grimm ; Frankfurt, Städtische Bühnen, 18 February 1943.

The Clever Girl (soprano) is the daughter of a Peasant (bass). He finds a golden mortar while ploughing a field and, against his daughter’s wishes, has taken it to the King (baritone). The King immediately locks up the Peasant in a tower because he does not produce the golden pestle which is supposed to go with the mortar. Together with the Prison Governor (bass), he presses the Peasant to tell him where the pestle is hidden. However, the Peasant simply reiterates the warnings delivered by his daughter. In exasperation, the King demands to see the daughter. She appears and is asked three riddles which she solves with no difficulty. Without hesitation, he asks for her hand in marriage....

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