Der Trompeter von Säkkingen

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Der Trompeter von Säckingen (The Trumpeter of Säckingen) is an opera in a prologue and three acts by Viktor Nessler. The German libretto was by Rudolf Bunge, based on the epic poem, Der Trompeter von Säkkingen [sic], by Joseph Viktor von Scheffel.

Performance history[edit]

The opera was first performed under Arthur Nikisch at the Carola Theater (or Stadttheater) in Leipzig, on 4 May 1884. It was Nessler's greatest success, albeit in part because of the popularity of von Scheffel's work. It was subsequently given at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on 23 November 1887, and at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London on 8 July 1892 by the Hamburg Stadttheater, conducted by Leo Feld.


Role Voice type Premiere cast, 4 May 1884
(Conductor: Arthur Nikisch)
Werner Kirchhofer, law student, later a trumpeter baritone Otto Schelper
Konradin, a trumpeter bass Karl Grengg
Baron von Schönau bass Karl Grengg
Maria, daughter of the Baron soprano Margarethe Jahns
Count von Wildenstein bass Karl Grengg
Countess Wildenstein, Maria's aunt, former wife of the Count contralto
Damian, son of the Count by a subsequent wife tenor George Marion
The majordomo baritone
The rector bass Karl Grengg


Setting: 17th-century Heidelberg and Säkkingen, after the Thirty Years War. The trumpeter Werner loves Maria, the daughter of the Baron, but her father and mother want her to marry the cowardly Damian. Werner proves himself a hero and is opportunely discovered to be of noble birth, so all ends happily.


Nessler: Der Trompeter von Säckingen – Cologne Radio Orchestra and Chorus

  • Conductor: Helmuth Froschauer
  • Principal singers: Alfred Kuhn (Bass); Christoph Späth (Tenor); Franz Hawlata (Bass); Hermann Prey (Baritone); Katharina Kammerloher (Mezzo soprano)
  • Recording date: 1994
  • Label: Capriccio – CAP60055 (CD)


  • Casaglia, Gherardo (2005). "Der Trompeter von Säkkingen, 4 May 1884". L'Almanacco di Gherardo Casaglia (in Italian).
  • Franklin, Peter (1992), 'Trompeter von Säckingen, Der' in The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, ed. Stanley Sadie (London) ISBN 0-333-73432-7

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