Erwin and Elmire

Meyn, N. (2010) Erwin and Elmire. [Video]


DVD, CD, and text book. A film by Michael Dominski. ERWIN & ELMIRE is a light-hearted comic opera in the style of the late Rococo. Produced by Lieder Theatre London with Spellfilm, with a soundtrack produced at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, distributed by Galloping Films. Starring: Lucy Mervik, soprano, as Elmire; Tom Herford, tenor, as Erwin; Tanya Cooling, soprano, as Olympia; Norbert Meyn, tenor, as Bernardo; Ja Yeon Kang, piano and the Ensemble Historical Dance Berlin. Background: The Libretto for ERWIN & ELMIRE was written in 1773, when Goethe was just 24 years of age, and was inspired by Oliver Goldsmith’s novel ‘The vicar or Wakefield’ (1766). The duchess Anna Amalia, patron of the German Enlightenment at the court of Weimar, set it to music shortly after Goethe had moved to Weimar in 1776. The Film: Was shot by Michael Dominski at the original Weimar locations where the opera’s creators lived and worked including Castle Belvedere and the Wittumspalais, home of Anna Amalia. It was realized thanks to the generous support of Guildhall School of Music & Drama London, the Freundeskreis der Stiftung Weimarer Klassik, the Liebhabertheater Schloß Kochberg and the Stiftung Weimarer Klassik. Historical costumes were provided by Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar. In the run-up to the production a CD was produced at the Guildhall School Studios which forms the base of the film’s soundtrack. The Story: Elmire has been deserted by her sweetheart Erwin because of her apparent coldness and is now heartbroken about her loss. Her mother Olympia and her teacher and friend Bernardo try to cheer her up without success. Finally, Bernardo has an idea: Elmire should confide in an old and wise hermit who lives in a romantic hut in the forest. This hermit is Erwin in disguise, set up by no other than Bernardo. Erwin now hears from Elmire’s own lips that she loves him. The best known song from ERWIN & ELMIRE is ‘Das Veilchen’, most famous in Mozart’s setting of 1785 and still sung today by lieder singers all over the world.

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