Kleider machen Leute (Suder)

Kleider machen Leute is a 5-act German opera by Joseph Suder based on Gottfried Keller's 1874 novella of the same name set in Goldach, Switzerland. The opera was composed 1934 but not performed until June 10, 1964, at the Landestheater in Coburg.[1] Suder had already started work on the opera when he discovered that Alexander Zemlinsky had already composed an opera on the same subject premiered in 1910.[2]

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  1. ^ Margaret Ross Griffel Operas in German: A Dictionary 2018- Page 261 KLEIDER MACHEN LEUTE, opera in five scenes by Joseph Suder; libretto (Ger) by the composer, after Keller. Composed 1934. First performance June 10, 1964, Coburg, Landestheater. .
  2. ^ Opera 1987 - Volume 38, Issues 1-6 - Page 345 "It cannot have been thought modern , even by the Nazi regime in 1934 : Suder's score is an offshoot of Wagner's ... Suder had begun work on Kleider machen Leute when he discovered that Alexander Zemlinsky had already used Gottfried ..."
  3. ^ C. Schaumkell in FonoForum 2 / 87:"Interessante und hörenswerte Alternative zur Zemlinsky-Vertonung der Keller-Novelle. ..Überhaupt ist das sängerische Niveau dieser Produktion bis in die Episodenpartien hinein erfreulich hoch. .. Ein Ereignis für sich ist die orchestrale Wiedergabe durch die Bamberger Symphoniker unter Uwe Mund, der sich mit ungeheurer Verve, Sensibilität und Subtilität dieser Aufgabe angenommen hat."