Jacobowsky und der Oberst (opera)


Jacobowsky und der Oberst, Op. 49, (Jacobovsky and the Colonel) is an opera in four acts by Giselher Klebe who also wrote the libretto based on the 1944 play of the same name by Franz Werfel.

It premiered on 2 November 1965 at the Hamburg State Opera which had commissioned the work. Klebe dedicated it to the then director of the Staatsoper, Rolf Liebermann.


RoleVoice typePremiere cast, 2 November 1965
Conductor: Leopold Ludwig
JacobowskybaritoneOskar Czerwenka
Colonel StjerbinskytenorGerhard Stolze
MariannesopranoArlene Saunders
SzabuniewiczbaritoneErwin Wohlfahrt
The tragic gentlemanbaritoneToni Blankenheim
Madame Bouffiermezzo-sopranoTatiana Troyanos
SalomonbassErnst Umlandt
The old lady from ArrascontraltoMaria von Ilosvay
The flirting womansopranoElfriede Zimmer
ChauffeurbassCarl Schultz
Clairon, café-owner
in Saint-Jean-de-Luz
bassPeter Roth-Ehrang
Brigadier at Saint CyrillbassHans-Otto Kloose
First Lieutenant in
the German army
tenorWilfried Plate
The dice playerbassHans Sotin
The Wandering JewtenorKurt Marschner
St. FrancisbaritoneHerbert Fliether
Chef D'ilotspokenGeorg Mund
Police chief of
spokenTheo Herrmann
A Gestapo officialspokenPeter Markwort
A Warrant OfficerspokenHeinz Vossbrink
Hotel and café guests2 sopranos,
contralto, tenor
OrchestraPhilharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
DirectorGünther Rennert
Scene designIta Maximowna

Time and place: 1940, Paris, St. Cyrill, Bayonne and Saint-Jean-de-Luz

The first American performance was on 27 June 1967 at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, using the same cast, conducted by Matthias Kuntzsch.[1]


  1. Margaret Ross Griffel: Operas in German: A Dictionary, Greenwood Press, New York, 1990, p. 121

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