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date: 01 June 2020

Wundersame Schustersfrau, Die (‘The Wonderful Wife of the Cobbler’)locked

  • Detlef Gojowy

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(‘The Wonderful Wife of the Cobbler’)

Opera in two acts by Udo Zimmermann to a libretto by Eberhard Schmidt and the composer after Federico García Lorca’s play; Schwetzingen, 25 April 1982.

Following the success of Der Schuhu at the 1977 Schwetzingen Festival, the Süddeutscher Rundfunk commissioned Zimmermann to write a fifth opera for the 1981 festival: Die wundersame Schustersfrau was first performed, in a German translation by E. Beck, in 1982 by a company from the Hamburg Staatsoper and has since been staged at Leipzig, Berlin and Munich.

In its criticism of utopian ideas, the subject appears related to that of Der Schuhu. The cobbler’s wife (soprano), wrote Lorca,

is constantly at odds with real ideas and things because she lives in a world of her own where all ideas and objects have a mysterious significance which she does not perceive. She has never lived any- where else nor had any other love except on the other bank, where she neither can nor will go....

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