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date: 14 November 2019

Corregidor, Der (‘The Magistrate’)locked

  • Amanda Glauert

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(‘The Magistrate’)

Opera in four acts by Hugo Wolf to a libretto by Rosa Mayreder after Pedro de Alarcón’s novel El sombrero de tres picos; Mannheim, Nationaltheater, 7 June 1896.

Although Wolf first considered treating Alarcón’s novel operatically in 1888, it was not until 1895 that he settled on Rosa Mayreder’s libretto as a suitable adaptation. Work then proceeded swiftly, and the whole opera was written between March and December 1895. Despite Wolf’s many ambitions for his work, the authorities in Vienna and Berlin refused to stage the première and there were problems during the rehearsals at Mannheim. While Joachim Romer (Lukas) and Hans Rüdiger (the Corregidor) had some knowledge of Wolf’s style, Hohenleitner (Frasquita) and Karl Marx (Repela) found the difficulties of their parts almost insuperable. Wolf disputed the tempos set by the conductor, Hugo Röhr, and at one point threatened to withdraw the opera. The work was performed only twice at Mannheim and had to wait until ...

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