Die Königskinder

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Engelbert Humperdinck


Ernst Rosmer (Pseudonym für Elsa Agnes Bernstein-Porges)


23 January 1897, Munich (Royal Court Theatre (mel




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About the opera Die Königskinder

Königskinder (The King's Children) is a stage work by Engelbert Humperdinck that exists in two versions: as a melodrama and as an opera or more precisely a Märchenoper. The libretto was written by Ernst Rosmer (pen name of Else Bernstein-Porges), adapted from her play of the same name.
In 1894, Heinrich Porges asked Humperdinck to write incidental music for his daughter Else's play. Humperdinck was interested in making the story into an opera but since Else Bernstein-Porges initially refused he opted for the play to be staged as a melodrama - that is with spoken dialog taking place along with an instrumental backdrop. (The work also included operatic arias and choruses, as well as unaccompanied dialog.)

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Roles in Die Königskinder

Goose-Girl Soprano
Witch Contralto
King's son Tenor
Fiddler Baritone
Woodcutter Bass
Broom-maker Tenor
Stable girl Contralto
Innkeeper's daughter Mezzo-Soprano

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Arias from Die Königskinder

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Das ist der Konig und seine Frau gewesen Popularity:

Opera: Königskinder, DieComposer: HumperdinckAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

2Ei ist das schwer ein Bettler zu sein Popularity:

Opera: Königskinder, DieComposer: HumperdinckAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

3Verdorben gestorben Popularity:

Opera: Königskinder, DieComposer: HumperdinckAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German