The Dybbuk
Composer: David Tamkin
Librettist: Alex Tamkin
Other Artistic Personnel: Joseph Rosenstock (Conductor)
Mstislav Doboujinsky (Set Designer)
Irving Pichel (Stage Director)
Original Cast: Patricia Neway (Leah)
Robert Rounseville (Channon)
Frances Bible (Frade)
Mack Harrell (Rabbi Azrael)
Lawrence Winters (Messenger)
Emile Renan (Meyer)
Michael Pollock (Wedding Guest)
Eunice Alberts (Elderly Woman)
Work Web Site: http://www.boosey.com/pages/opera/moreDetails.asp?musicID=1788
Premiere Date: April 10, 1951
Description: A poor Talmudic student, Channon, and a young girl named Leah are passionately in love. Unfortunately, Leah’s father, Sender, has plans for her to wed a wealthy man. In order to gain enough riches to win Leah, Channon studies the Kabala and masters the power to call upon the Evil One, but the knowledge kills him. With Channon dead, Leah prepares for her wedding day, knowing that she doesn’t love her father’s arranged bridegroom. She visits the grave of her mother but falls into complete despair at the site of Channon’s grave. As the chosen bridegroom places the veil over her face, the spirit of Channon takes possession of her body to find fulfillment through her. This is the Dybbuk. Distraught, her father takes her to Azrael, a “wonder-working” rabbi, who summons the spirit of Channon's father. Azrael learns that Sender had promised Channon’s father, when they were both young, that their children would be married when they reached maturity. Sender has broken the pledge, and he accepts his punishment. An exorcism releases the Dybbuk from Leah’s body and Azrael orders Sender to prepare the marriage. But Leah, calling upon Channon, dies and is united with her lover.
Character List (Major): CHANNON (t)
LEAH (s)
THE MESSENGER (bar)
RABBI ASRAEL (t)
MEYER (b-bar)
SENDER (b)
CHENNOCH (bar)
FRADE (contralto)
ELDERLY WOMAN (contralto)
GITTAL (mz-s)
Character List (Minor): BASSIA (contralto)
FIRST BATLON (t)
SECOND BATLON (b)
THIRD BATLON (t)
MENASHE (t)
RABBI MENDEL (t)
RABBI SCHMELKE (mime)
A POOR MAN (mime)
A RICH MAN (mime)
MICHOEL (b)
FIRST CHASSID (t)
SECOND CHASSID (t)
THIRD CHASSID (bar)
A WEDDING GUEST (t)
THE OLD WOMAN (s)
Bit Parts: Seven Students, Chassidim, Minyen
Length: 02:15
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: Chorus of Beggars
Orchestration: 3 fl, 3 ob, 4 cl, 3 bsn - 4 hrn, 4 tpt, 3 tbn, 1 tba - timp.perc(2):tam-t/susp.cym/tgl/xyl/SD/tambour/tamb/ BD - 2harp - cel - pft - strings
Ballet/Dance: Ballet of Beggars
Contact: Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
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Phone: 212-358-5300
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