Universal Edition - Nigel Osborne – Hell's Angels

Nigel Osborne

Nigel Osborne
Hell's Angels

Year of composition: 1985
Subtitle: Kammeroper in 2 Akten
Composer: Nigel Osborne
Text Source: zum Teil basierend auf dem Theaterstück "Das Liebeskonzil"
Librettist: David Freeman
Text Editor: David Nigel
Parts: Hohe Soprane: 1. Engel, Salome, Die Frau, Kind Borgia
Soprane: 2. und 3. Engel, Jungfrau Maria, Helena von Troja, Heloise, Agrippina, Nonne, Kind Borgia, Vanozza, Julia Farnese, 2. Schauspieler Mezzosopran: Magdalena
Tenöre: Jesus, Papst, Ritter, Papst Alexander VI., 1. Schauspieler
Baßbaritone: Cherub, Gott, Der Knabe, Außenminister, 2. und 3. Mann, Kind Borgia, Burcardi
Baß: Satan, Puppen-spieler, 3. Schauspieler
Instrumentation details:
1·0·1·0 - 1·1·0·0 - perc. - hp. - vln., vla., vc.
Scenery: 20
Duration: 120′
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World Première

Location: Royal Court Theatre London / Great Britain
Date: 06.01.1986
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
Conductor: Diego Masson
Scenery: Freeman David

Work Introduction

“[…] This was Osborne’s first opera [...]. The starting point for Hell’s Angles, however, was a play, The Council of Love, by the late 19th-century dramatist Oskar Panizza, which tells the story of a divine retribution on the court of the Borgia Pope Alexander VI in 1494. God looks down upon his representative on earth and does not like what he sees; he calls a Council of Love in Heaven to decide how he should punish his subjects for their debauchery and corruption. Satan is asked to help, and he suggests a plan: he invents syphilis and introduces it into the papal court carried by a beautiful woman.

For Hell’s Angels, however, Osborne and Freeman give the scenario a contemporary parallel, interweaving the 15th-century saga with Heaven and Earth in the present, when the Papacy is again under threat, this time for being too honest – the new Pope is in favour of birth control and wants to rid the Vatican of the taint of financial jiggery-pokery; he ends up poisoned by his aides. God is stirred into action again, a second Council of Love is summoned, and Satan’s solution this time is even more specific – he invents AIDS. The opera ends with the infected youth sent into the world to exact revenge. […]”

OPERA/3/1986/Andrew Clements

Libretto – Hell's Angels

  • Edition type: libretto
  • UE17998
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-2231-8
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-07175-1
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