Conspirators, The - Die Verschworenen


  • Franz Schubert
opera in one act
Music by Franz Schubert. Words and Text by J.F Castelli. Adapted by George Baker and Humphrey Trevelyan
2222 - 2230 - timp - 2 vln I.1 vln II.1 vla.1 vlc.1 db
First Performance
1.3.1861, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria
Published by Warner/Chappell.  Administered for hire and stage rights worldwide (excluding North America) by Faber Music Ltd 
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The Story
(Late medieval times)
The plot of this one-act opera resembles ‘Lysistrata’ by Aristophanes and deals with an effective women’s peace organisation. The Crusader husbands, commanded by Count Heribert von Ludenstein, are dissuaded from continually waging war by their wives, led by the Countess. They simply deny their husbands all ‘matrimonial rights’. The Conspirators, although composed in 1823, was not performed unt il 1861, thirty three years after Schubert’s death. The present version, in English, was first performed at Cambridge in 1954. The work lasts an hour and twenty minutes. 
Principal Characters
Total principals required are four sopranos, two contraltos, three tenors, two basses, some of these having smaller roles. The chorus writing is nearly all covered by the principal voices. 
Principal Musical Numbers
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