DER SPIELER<br />(The Gambler)
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(The Gambler)

Sergej Prokofjew
1891 - 1953

Opera in four acts
Libretto by the composer after the novel Igrok by Fjodor M. Dostoyevsky
World premiere of 2nd edition April 29th 1929, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels

Sung in German with German surtitles
Duration: c. 2 1/2 hrs. with one interval

About the work

Dostoyevsky knew what he was talking about. He wrote The Gambler in just 26 days to meet a strict deadline and earn urgently needed money to pay his gambling debts. Alexej is a member of a rather shady entourage in the ficticious spa of Roulettenburg where only relics of emotions remain and love, thought of as a human weakness, is used for financial gain: the retired General has fallen in love again, with Blanche, who is only interested in how much money he is worth. He is bankrupt and has put everything he owns in hock with the marquis, who has taken a fancy to Polina, the general’s foster-daughter, who is also in debt to him. Alexej is in love with her too. When the General’s rich aunt, thought to have been at death’s door, turns up, fighting fit, intending to gamble away her fortune instead of leaving it to her relatives, all family ties go by the board.
    Prokofiev wrote the libretto himself: »The Gambler is gripping and because it consists almost entirely of dialogue I have been able to retain Dostoevsky’s style in the opera.«. Harry Kupfer returns to Frankfurt, where he has recently directed Palestrina and The Damnation of Faust for this new production.

With generous support from the Frankfurt Patronatsverein - Sektion OperSponsorenlogo Frankfurter Patronatsvereins - Sektion Oper

Sunday 24.02.2013 15:30 h

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Sebastian Weigle
Harry Kupfer
Stage Designer
Hans Schavernoch
Costume Designer
Yan Tax
Lighting Designer
Joachim Klein
Doris Marlis
Video Designer
Thomas Reimer
Malte Krasting

General a. D.
Clive Bayley
Polina, Stieftochter des Generals
Barbara Zechmeister
Alexej, Hauslehrer der Kinder des Generals
Frank van Aken
Anja Silja
Der Marquis
Martin Mitterrutzner
Mr. Astley
Sungkon Kim
Claudia Mahnke
Fürst Nilski
Peter Marsh
Potapitsch, Haushofmeister der Babuschka
Dietrich Volle
Direktor des Casinos
Vuyani Mlinde

Members of the chorus of Oper Frankfurt
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