The Bell Tower

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The Bell Tower is a chamber opera in one act by Ernst Krenek, his opus 153. The English libretto by the composer was inspired by the novella story by Herman Melville, the events only mysteriously hinted at in the story becoming a point of departure for the explicit dramatic action of Krenek's piece.[1] It was commissioned by the Fromm Foundation and written in 1955-6, receiving its premiere 17 March 1957 at the University of Illinois (recorded on CRS 5).


Role Voice type Premiere Cast,
(Conductor: )
Bannadonna baritone
Giovanni bass
Una soprano



  1. ^ author's forward in Prosa Dramen Verse (1965)