MOZART: Der Schauspieldirektor

Music composed by W. A. Mozart. Libretto by Gottlieb Stephanie the

First Performance: 7 February 1786, Schˆnbrunn,

Frank, an impressario Speaking role
Eiler, a banker Speaking role
Buff, an actor Speaking role
Herz, an actor Speaking role
Madame Pfeil, an actress Speaking role
Madame Krone, an actress Speaking role
Madame Vogelsang, an actress Speaking role
Vogelsang, a singer Tenor
Madame Herz, a singer Soprano
Mademoiselle Silberklang, a singer Soprano

Setting: an impresario’s room in Salzburg, 1786.


Gottlieb Stephanie, who had previously collaborated with Mozart in
Entf¸hrung aus dem Serail, portrays the misadventures of the
entrepreneur Frank who must put together a company of actors and singers
while dealing with their whims, rivalries and pretensions of exorbitant
remuneration. The economic problems are resolved thanks to banker Eiler’s
intervention in exchange for Frank pretending to engage his lover, Madams
Pfeil. The musical passages are in the second part of the job, when Frank
begins the auditions of the singers. Madams Herz sings an air ranging from an
initially pathetic and sentimental character to a bright conclusion, rich in
virtuosities. The following air tests Mlle Silberklang. In the trio “Ich bin
die erste S‰ngerin” the two ambitious singers confront him on who the prima
donna will be, while Monsieur Vogelsang attempts to reconcile matters. The
singers determine that art can thrive with all the personal ambition only
through the peaceable cooperation of all their strengths.

here for the complete libretto.

Click here for vocal score.


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Mlle. Silberklang: Krisztina Laki
M. Vogelsang: Thomas Moser
Buff: Istv·n G·ti
Mozarteum-Orchester, Leopold Hager (cond.)
Live performance, 29 July 1976, Salzburger Festspiele 1976