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Rolf Liebermann: Die Schule der Frauen

(Arranger: Heinrich Strobel)

  • Opera buffa in 3 acts (1954/1955)
  • extended version
  • 1 1 1 1 - 2 1 1 0 - timp, perc, hpsd, str - in the auditorium (ad lib.): 0 0 2 1 - 2 1 1 1 - behind the scene: hn
  • Duration: 90’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1·1·1·1 - 2·1·1·0 - timp., perc. - hpsd. - str. - im auditorium (ad libitum): 0·0·2·1 - 2·1·1·1 - behind the scene: horn
  • Roles: Poquelin, baritone Arnolphe, bass-baritone Agnes, coloratura soprano (Soubrette) Horace, tenor Georgette, alto Oronte, bass
  • Composer: Rolf Liebermann
  • Librettist: Heinrich Strobel
  • Writer of pre-existing text: Molière
  • Arranger: Heinrich Strobel
  • Translator: Elisabeth MontaguHans WeigelPierre Angel

Work introduction

The storyline of Rolf Liebermann’s the 3-act opera buffa Die Schule der Frauen (1954–55), based on a libretto by Heinrich Strobel, was inspired by the French theatrical comedy L’école des femmes by Molière. Molière himself (alias Poquelin) directs the action in this comedy, commenting on the modern staging of his creation, intervening where necessary and even slipping into the role of a minor character. Liebermann’s music has an astonishing vitality and fusion of baroque motor rhythms and counterpoint, of expansive late-romantic melodiousness and harmony interwoven with dodecaphony.


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World première

Salzburg (AT)
Wiener Philharmoniker
George Szell
Main soloists:
Anneliese Rothenberger - Agnes; Christa Ludwig - Georgette, Kurt Böhme - Arnolphe; Walter Berry - Poquelin; Nicolai Gedda - Horace; Alois Pernerstorfer - Oronte; Frank Pelleg, hpsd

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