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Luciano Berio: La vera storia

  • Azione musicale in 2 parti (1977-1981)
  • 4 3 4 3 - 3 3 3 1 - percl(3), hp, tastiera, pno (2), a-sax, t-sax, str; stage music: acc, bells, vl, pianola, e-guit, b-guit; synth
  • Duration: 120’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute
    3rd flute
    4th flute
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe
    cor anglais
    clarinet in Eb
    1st clarinet in Bb
    2nd clarinet in Bb
    bass clarinet in Bb
    alto saxophone in Eb
    tenor saxophone in Bb
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    contrabassoon
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    3rd trumpet in C
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
    bass tuba
    1st, 2nd,3rd percussion
    harp
    tastiera
    1st piano
    2nd piano (+cel)
    violin I(18)
    violin II(16)
    viola(14)
    violoncello(12)
    contrabass(10)
    MUSIC ON STAGE: accordion
    bells
    violin solo
    Pianola
    guitar
    bass guitar
    syntheziser
    band: piccolo
    1st flute
    2nd flute
    1st clarinet in Bb
    2nd clarinet in Bb
    3rd clarinet in Bb
    alto saxophone in Eb
    tenor saxophone in Bb
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    3rd trumpet in C
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    tenor horn in Bb
    baritone in C
    bass tuba
    percussion
    altosRNATIvE PARTS: tuba tenors/tuba bassa
  • Choir: SATB (mind. 60 Choristen)
  • Roles: Leonora, soprano Luca, tenor Ada, mezzo-soprano Ivo, baritone Comandante, baritone Il Condannato, bass Ugo, tenor Prete, tenor storyteller (at least 2) 3 actors as passers-by passer-by, soprano vocal ensemble (2 2 2 2) 3 voices in the street mimes dancers acrobats
  • Composer: Luciano Berio
  • Librettist: Italo CalvinoLuciano Berio
  • Original language: Italian
  • Translator: Karl Heinz FüsslHelmut WagnerDavid Osmond-Smith

Work introduction

As in many of Luciano Berio’s musical dramas, there is no real plot to La vera storia, but rather a series of events. Wolfgang Schreiber said of the première at the Milan Scala in 1982: “Berio’s theme is tension, and the violent conflict between individual and state or society, of people and power, of freedom and authority.” In order to convey this, Berio and Italo Calvino created a storyline which draws elements of its plot from Verdi’s Il Trovatore. More important than these elements of the plot, however, is the manner in which they are presented, which also draws on existing operatic models, including solo arias, duets, trios, chorales – archetypal operatic forms. Berio extends this musical vocabulary with the two “cantastorie”, who describe and comment on the events of the opera in six folk-like ballads (unforgettable Milva as ballad singer). As with many of his other music theatre works, in La vera storia Berio also attempts “to enhance our consciousness of the fact that we ourselves are the only ones who are able to fit a story as it is told into our own experience of the world.”

Audiosamples

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
Scala, Milano (IT)
Date:
09.03.1982
Orchestra:
Filarmonica della Scala
Conductor:
Luciano Berio
Main soloists:
Oslavio di Credico, Giancarlo Luccardi, Daisy Lumini, Alexandrina Milcheva, Milva, Mariana Nicolescu, Alberto Noli, Roeloff Oostwoud, Gabriella Ravazzi; New Single Singers

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