Christophorus oder Die Vision einer Oper

Christophorus (oder Die Vision einer Oper) is an opera in a prologue, two acts and epilogue by Franz Schreker with a German-language libretto by the composer.

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Begun in 1925, work on the opera was interrupted by the composition of Der singende Teufel during 1927–28. Schreker returned to Christophorus in 1928, completing it in 1929.[1] The work is dedicated to Arnold Schoenberg.[1]

Schreker’s previous opera, Irrelohe, premiered in 1924, had received a lukewarm response, its late-Romanticism being seen as out of step with the newer values of Neoclassicism and Neue Sachlichkeit being explored by a younger generation of composers.[1]Christophorus was conceived and written partly in response to this new aesthetic and uses the smallest performing forces of any Schreker opera with a reduced orchestra and no chorus.[1] This, together with the contemporary setting, the use of spoken dialogue and jazz and popular music elements, anticipates important aspects of the “Zeitopern” of the later 1920s as represented by works such as Krenek’sJonny spielt auf (1927) and Weill’sDreigroschenoper (1928).[1]

An early, unrealised scenario for the opera included a plan to incorporate film interludes, foreshadowing the use of the same device in Alban Berg’sLulu (1929-35).[1]

Originally scheduled for performance at the Theater Freiburg in 1933, pressure from the National Socialists forced its cancellation due to the composer’s Jewish ancestry. Freiburg finally staged the premiere on 1 October 1978.[1] A concert performance was given in Vienna in 1991[1] with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ingo Metzmacher and a fully staged production at Kiel Opera in 2002.[2]

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