Königin von Saba, Der

Composer: Goldmark, Carl

Version: Original - Oper in vier Akten nach einem Text von Mosenthal

Die Königin von Saba (The Queen of Sheba) imagines events during the Queen of Sheba’s visit to the court of King Solomon. Set in 10th century B.C. Jerusalem, the plot centres on a hypothetical love triangle between the Queen of Sheba, Assad (an ambassador at the court of Solomon), and Sulamith (Assad’s betrothed). Goldmark began working on the opera in 1863, but the libretto proved unsuitable - Goldmark was not satisfied with the happy ending. After some deliberation, Goldmark rewrote the ending of the opera to finish with the tragic death of Assad, and the work was eventually performed at the Hofoper (now the State Opera) in Vienna in 1875. It became Goldmark’s most famous opera.

3 (3 dbl picc). 2+ca. 2+bc. 2. / / Timp / Perc / Hp / Str Stage Band: 2 Alt Tbn. 2 Ten Tbn. 2 B Tbn. Tba. / Tam / Str