For bass (Privy Counselor), baritone
(Minister-of-State), high baritone (Duke), soprano (Duchess), mezzo
soprano (Lady Broadbottom), character tenor (Emperor), lyric tenor
(First Weaver) and lyric soprano (Second Weaver) and chamber
ensemble piano, harpsichord, percussion and string quintet. (circa 50")
Also in German translation by Annette Zühlke:
Des Kaisers neue Kleider.
This most famous of the Andersen fables has been
adapted to include a comic assassination conspiracy by the the
emperor's "loyal" government ministers, and ends with the "moral"
that a government needs figureheads behind which the real business
is done. A political comedy, which has been replayed many times over
in other guises by governments throughout the ages.
The other three one-act operas in the
Prelude to a Fable
- (1994, rev. 2017)
The Little Match Girl
(1994, rev. 2016)
Charm - (1994,
These Four Fables based on stories of Andersen all
share the same chamber orchestration: