Puss in Boots (opera)

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Puss in Boots (Кот в сапогах in Cyrillic; Kot v sapogakh in transliteration) is a short opera-fairytale for children in three acts, four tableaux, composed by César Cui in 1913. The libretto was written by Marina Stanislavovna Pol'. It was premiered in Rome in 1915 under the title Il gato con gli stivali. A Soviet edition of the opera, with a revised libretto, was published in 1961. By the 1970s this opera seems to have become popular in what was then East Germany as Der gestiefelte Kater. Under that title it was recorded later on CD by the Staatsoper Stuttgart in 1999 in a version designed for radio.

Characters[edit]

  • The Cat
  • Jean, youngest son of the miller; he is the Marquis de Carabas:
  • Middle Son of the miller
  • Oldest Son of the miller
  • King
  • Princess, daughter of the King
  • The Ogre
  • The Princess' girlfriends, courtiers, reapers, hay-makers, ogre's servants (chorus)

Plot[edit]

The plot follows very closely the fairytale by Perrault, with an instrumental introduction and inserted dances.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Boas, Robert. "Nuremberg." Opera [London], v. 32 (1981), pp. 288–289.
  • Cui, César. Кот в сапогах: опера-сказка трех действиях. [Puss-in-Boots: opera in three acts.] Светлячок, 1913.
    • Soviet (revised) edition: Кот в сапогах: опера-сказка для детей в двух действиях, четырех картинах. Либретто М. Львовского. [Puss-in-Boots: opera-fairytale for children in two acts, four tableaux. Libretto by M. Lvovsky.] Москва: Гос. муз. изд-во, 1961.
  • Nazarov, A.F. Цезарь Антонович Кюи. [Cezar' Antonovič Kjui.] (Moskva: Muzyka, 1989).
  • Papp, G. "Der Gestiefelte Kater und 'Kling-Klang, Rockmuzik zum Antassen'," Musik und Gesellschaft, v. 32 (1982), p. 472.

Discography[edit]

  • Der gestiefelte Kater: Märchenoper von César Cui in der Hörspielfassung von Linde von Keyserlingk. Fassung für Kammerorchester: Andreas Breitscheid. Koproduction: Junge Oper der Staatsoper Stuttgart / Südwestrundfunk / Patmos Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Düsseldorf, 1999. Patmos CD, 3-491-88764-X.