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DIE GEZEICHNETEN Munich 2017 Tomasz Konieczny, Christopher Maltman, Alastair Miles, Catherine Naglestad

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  • Published by: Bayerische Staatsoper  
  • Date Published: 2017  
  • Format: Unknown
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
  • Subtitles: yessubs, desubs  
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Die Gezeichneten (The Branded or The Stigmatized) is an opera in three acts by Franz Schreker with a German-language libretto by the composer.

Schreker wrote the libretto in 1911 at the request of composer Alexander Zemlinsky based on the 1904 play Hidalla by German playwright Frank Wedekind. However, Schreker decided to set the text himself, and completed the opera in 1915. The score was first published by Universal Edition Vienna.

The opera is set in 16th-century Genoa
Act 1
The young Genoan nobleman Alviano Salvago, hunchbacked and deformed, does not dare dream of the love of women. He wants to donate to the people of Genoa the island paradise called “Elysium” he has created. His friends, a group of dissolute young noblemen, have been using an underground grotto on the island for orgies with young women abducted from prominent Genoan families, and intervene with Duke Adorno to stop the transfer of ownership. One of them, Count Tamare, has set his sights on Carlotta, daughter of the Podestà. Carlotta rejects him, as she is only interested in Salvago, whose soul she wants to paint.

Act 2
Infuriated by Carlotta’s rejection, Tamare swears to Adorno that he will take her by force. He also reveals the secret of the grotto to Adorno. Not wanting Salvago to become more popular than himself as a result of the gift, Adorno decides to use the existence of the secret grotto as an excuse to veto the transfer. While Salvago is sitting for Carlotta, she complains that she can’t paint his soul if he keeps avoiding looking at her. To which he responds that ugly as he is, he still has the feelings of a man in the presence of a beautiful woman… Eventually Carlotta confesses that she loves him, but faints in his arms as both are overcome with emotion.

Act 3

Les Stigmatisés, Opéra de Lyon 2015
The citizens of Genoa go to the island for the first time and are awed by what they see. Salvago asks the Podestà for Carlotta’s hand in marriage. She evades him, wanders off alone, and in the grotto finally succumbs to Tamare who’s wearing a mask. The Duke accuses Salvago of masterminding the abductions. Salvago, beside himself with worry for Carlotta, leads everyone to the underground grotto. Carlotta lies senseless on a bed, while Tamare prides himself on his conquering abilities. Salvago stabs him. Carlotta awakens, Salvago rushes to her side, but with her dying breath she calls for Tamare. Salvago, completely deranged, stumbles over Tamare’s body as he makes his way through the stunned crowd.

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