STRAUSS II, J.: Simplicius [Opera] (Zurich Opera House, 2000)

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Simplicius
Libretto/Text Author: Leon, Victor

A foreign cuirassier: Yrttiaho, Heikki
An Officer: Heppe, Jorg
Arnim von Grubben: Beczala, Piotr
General von Vliessen: Haunstein, Rolf
Schnapslotte: Martini, Louise
Simplicius: Zysset, Martin
Wendelin von Grubben: Volle, Michael

Stage Director: Pountney, David

Playing Time: 02:11:34
Catalogue Number: MID13244518
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The British director David Pountney lets the entertaining tale unfold accompanied by the many spectacular effects for which he has become internationally famous. Monumental props are embellished with skilled, clean-cut directing work, seasoned with a healthy portion of black humour. In the final scene the audience sees dramatic gallows dangling with numerous corpses, all turning in time to the music of a waltz.

Strauss himself loved this work. It was the last of his stage works for which he conducted the premiere performance. He described it as "generally speaking a much more cheerful work than Der Zigeunerbaron."

Strauss's felicitous orchestration, languorous melodies, and endless inventiveness ensure over 2 hours of pleasure for all who invest in this unique piece of theatre.

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