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Peter Cornelius

Publisher: AMP

Der Barbier von Bagdad (The Barber of Bagdad) (1858)
Work Notes
Associated Music Publishers controls the rights in the English translation by Arthur Jacobs for this work but does not supply orchestral materials.
Text Writer
Libretto by the composer after a tale from “The 1001 Nights.” English translation by Arthur Jacobs.
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
Year Composed
Programme Note
Peter Cornelius Der Barbier von Bagdad (The Barber of Bagdad) (1858)
Nureddin is overwhelmed by love for Margiana, daughter of Cadi. Margiana’s friend Bostana has arranged a meeting, but first suggests a visit to the barber to make Nureddin look more presentable. The barber, Abul Hassan, turns out to be a garrulous fellow and bores everyone with his interminable stories and Nureddin foresees catastrophe when Abul Hassan offers to accompany him on his romantic encounter. However, when Nurredin arrives at Margiana’s house, he learns that her father is intending to marry her off to his old friend Selim and it is Nureddin’s eloquence which finally persuades Cadi to let true love take its course.

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