Carmina Burana - Plot

No coherent plot exists; instead the texts evoke a series of situations which are divided into a three-part structure (1. Primo vere / Uf dem Anger, 2. In taberna, 3. Cour d'amours / Blanziflor et Helena) which is set within the frame of the chorus »Fortuna imperatrix mundi« and its repeat. A variety of figures participate as character types. [1]

 

(Figurinen by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, San Fransisco Opera House 1958)
(Figurinen by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, San Fransisco Opera House 1958)

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[1] Werner Thomas in: Pipers Enzyklopädie des Musiktheaters, Band 4, München 1991, S.581 ff.
Abb.: OZM

First performance

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