Peter Cornelius (1824–1874) Der Cid
Lyrical Drama in 3 Acts edited by Max Hasse [solos,mix ch,orch] Text: Peter Cornelius
solos: STTBarB – choir: SATB – 3(picc)2.cor ang.2.B-clar.2. – 18.104.22.168. - timp.perc – hp – str – stage music: 4trp(Es).4trp(D).4baryton.4tbne
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Place and time: Burgos, around 1064AD.
Characters: Fernando, King of Castile (tenor) - Luyn Calvo, Bishop (bass) - Chimene, Countess of Lozan (soprano) - Ruy Diaz, Graf von Vibar, named Capeador - El Cid (baritone) - Alvar Fanez (tenor)
This work was given its highly successful world premiere at the Weimar Court Theater on 21 May 1865. Before the turn of the century, there were further productions in an arrangement made by the Wagner conductor Hermann Levi and then, after 1904, once again in its original form. The constellation of the characters and the development of the action are clearly inspired by Wagners "Lohengrin. Chimene, the only female character, unites elements of Elsa and Ortrud within her. The court of Castiles struggle against the Moors is resolved happily, however: intransigent revenge gives way to a passionate love story. The opera closes with a glorification of Chimene and El Cid.