“The stone in the air”
An opera in 4 acts by Daniel Schell
The action happens in a small village near the mountain. The inhabitants are ‘carbonero’, making their living with the production of wood coal.
Act 1 Alpe della Luna
Scene 1: The sting of a bee and the waist of a wasp
The ballroom of the hotel “La Pierre en l’Air”. Rudi. a pop singer, dances on stage. Pola. a young lady. admires him. Seduction.. She takes Rudi to the first floor. Another customer, Bademeister Mario, is making a lot of noise.
Scene 2: The wedding
Pola and Rudi get married.
Scene 3:He sells like hell
Monsieur Woodbury, Director and his secretary Yvette are happy. Rudi’s record ‘Du isst my paradiss’ is a world hit.
Scene 4: The first of May.
One year later, in the Alpe della Luna, a small village. Pola, Rudi and their newborn daughter Lili, enjoy a quiet and happy life. Sudden obsession of Rudi to Pola ‘Was I your first man on our wedding night ?’
Act 2: The woman with glasses
Scene 1: I want to have you
Close to them lives Tudu, the woman with glasses. She is desperately in love with Bademeister Mario. She is unfortunately addict to the Chimic Bonus, swallowing tablets all the time.
Scène 2: The concert in the Alpe
A large crowd attends Rudi’s concert. Tudu however manages to get an autograph from him.
Scene 3: The trail
Tudu brings Rudi home. She puts him her glasses..Their night…
Scene 4: The flying deer
Pola and Rudi celebrate their wedding anniversary. Rudi falls asleep and dreams of a flying deer which takes him in the air. Telephone ! It’s Tudu. Rudi cannot hide his trouble. Pola is getting suspicious. She unfortunately wounds herself with an infected nail! Rudi does not care, and leaves her to meet Tudu: ‘A rehearsal’he lies.
Scene 5: The Karo machine
Rudi rehearses with his musicians. He prepares his new tune ‘Love is a battle’ on the Karo-Machine, a device he uses for composing. Anxious. He throws the musicians out. At last comes Tudu, unfortunately accompanied by Bademeister Mario. Rudi tries nevertheless to kiss her . ‘ You stick’ says Tudu In the meantime, Bademeister Mario is having too deep an interrest in the composing machine.
Act 3: Throwing the stone in the air
Scene 1: The success
Rudi’s records do not sell anymore. Mr Woodbury decides to abandon him. Meanwhile he launches Bademeister Mario’s new hit ‘Alpe della Luna’ with a huge promotion budget. Yvette however tries to defend Rudi.
Scène 2: You better give everything to the poor
Rudi tries desperately to get Tudu on the phone. An unknown man answers…
Scene 3: Our love is dead, my Love.
The infection has spread out from Pola’s arm to the whole body. The Dottore and the nurse Schwester Catherine do warn Rudi of the seriousness of the disease. Rudi does not care. Instead, he tries to convince Pola to take him back. Extremely weak, Pola refuses. Rudi then leaves. Left alone, Pola dies sadly…
Scene 4: In the Pierre en l’Air
Tudu is having fun with her friends Filip, Paul and Gesine. Taken by jealousy, Rudi forces Tudu to follow him. But she does not want him anymore.
Act 4 : The Summit was just before
Scene 1: The Polynoms
Rudi has caught an infamous disease. The Dottore and Schwester – Catherine do torment him.
Scene 2: The banquet
Mr Woodbury offers a banquet for Bademeister Mario and his 5 million pieces of ‘Alpe della Luna’ sold. Rudi insists on singing ‘Love is a battle’, only to meet the coldest indifference. Extremely disappointed, he starts to drink and takes too much of the Chimic Bonus.
Bademeister Mario insults him and informs him abruptly of the death of Pola. Rudi loses his mind. Afraid by the assistance, he takes his daughter Lili in his arms and jumps through the window.
The vocal composition
It is the intention of the composer to oppose the character of Rudi, to the character of his main rivals Mr Woodburv and Bademeister Mario.
In the writing, Rudi, the ‘pop’ singer has a score of an ‘uneducated’ voice, using un-classical melodies, out of range notes, high falsetti and so on, as opposed to the classical and powerful character of the educated tenor and baryton.
During the writing. the composer had in mind, a young singer Bernard Plouvier, belonging to the edge ‘pop’ group Ninove. who was fully educated as a violinist but not as a singer. He was therefore able to master his part with a ‘harsh’ voice, in other words, without the technique of the opera tenor.
The orchestra is composed of three groups: the Arkestra Kult; the Choro Primo and the Sinfonico.
On stage the orchestra are the Arkestra Kult; Rudi’s group, and the Choro Primo, the choir.
Cast of Characters
|Bademeister Mario||Baryton- Basso guerriero|
|Mr Woodbury||Tenorito irritanto de director|
|Paul||Basse à pomme d”Adam|
|Il Dottore||Basso scientifico|
|Schwester Catherine||Soprano giocosa|
|Lili||Filletta de Rudi e Pola|
|Arkestra Kult||Rudi’s musicians|
|Koro Primo||Choeur des charbonniers et des charbonnières|