Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) The Impresario K. 486
Comedy with Music in 1 Act Duration: 50'
solos: Bar.S.S.T.Sp. – 220.127.116.11. – 18.104.22.168. – timp– str
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Duration: 50 (37' without text)
Text: Gottlieb Stephanie der Jüngere
Place and time: A room, around 1785
Characters: Frank, Schauspieldirektor (speaking part) - Eiler (speaking part) - Buff (basso) - Herz (speaking part) - Madame Pfeil (speaking part) - Madame Krone (speaking part) - Madame Vogelsang (speaking part) - Herr Vogelsang (tenor) - Madame Herz (soprano) - Mademoiselle Silberklang (soprano)
New text Gera Walter (1985)
Place and time: Hall of a rich scholar, around 1790
Personen: Der Schauspieldirektor (baritone) - Madame Herz (soprano) - Mademoiselle Silberklang (soprano) - Monsieur Vogelsang (tenor) - Anton (speaking part) - Der Kapellmeister (conductor) - Musikanten (orchestra)
The music for the “Impresario”, too little known because of the unwieldy libretto, has a flaw: it lacks an effective tenor aria. Gera Walter’s libretto can remedy the situation:
Vogelsang (stammers): I also want to perform an aria!
Director: But, of course, Sir!
Vogelsang: In this … what did you say? … “Impresario” there must still be an aria for tenor! (The Director looks on his desk for the music.) That’s incredible! Have you ever come across that before? No tenor aria! (shrill) No tenor aria! This fuss is harming my voice. (Gasps for air) Both singers support him and as he tries to sit down, they discover some music leaves on his chair, Vogelsang recalls.) What indescribable luck! By chance I have these leaves with me. I am saved! You see, Sir, it’s the Gomaz aria from the opera “Zaide” 126 (looks closer) – by Mozart, please! May I start my performance?