Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario), K. 486, is a comic Singspiel written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Gottlieb Stephanie, an Austrian Schauspieldirektor.
Mozart wrote the opera as his entry in a musical competition sponsored on February 7, 1786 by Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II at the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. The competition was to pit a German singspiel against an Italian opera. The competing Italian entry was the opera buffa Prima la musica, poi le parole (First the Music, then the Words), by Antonio Salieri.
It has been notedoverture are similar to those of the overture to Le nozze di Figaro, which was written at the same time and premiered later the same year.
that the character and scale of the
There are only four vocal numbers in the score, and the musical content (about 30 minutes, including the overture) is surrounded by much spoken dialogue, topical in its day. In modern times, the text is usually completely rewritten.
||Premiere Cast, February 7, 1786
(Conductor: — )
|Frank, an impresario
||Johann Gottlieb Stephanie Jr.
|Eiler, a banker
||Johann Franz Hieronymus Brockmann
|Buff, a buffo singer
|Monsieur Vogelsang, a singer
|Madame Herz, a singer
|Mademoiselle Silberklang, a singer
|Herz, an actor
|Madame Pfeil, an actress
||Anna Maria Stephanie
|Madame Krone, an actress
|Madame Vogelsang, an actress
||Maria Anna Adamberger
- "Bester Jüngling" — Madame Silberklang
- "Da schlägt des Abschieds Stunde" — Madame Herz
- Holden, Amanda; (editor), with Kenyon, Nicholas and Walsh, Stephen. The Viking Opera Guide. London: Viking. ISBN 0-670-81292-7.