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Music Text

Libretto by Honoré-Marie-Nicolas Duveyrier (F)


Major roles: S,2T,4B; minor roles: 2B; chorus;

Abbreviations (PDF)


Anton J. Benjamin / Simrock

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.


World Premiere
Stadttheater, Klagenfurt
Josef E. Köpplinger, director
Conductor: Peter Marschik
Company: Stadttheater Klagenfurt


AMAZAN, orphan Tenor
SÉCURO, his teacher Bass
PHAOR, servant and scaredy cat Bass
KOUKOURGI, army commander Tenor
ZAMTI, Chinese general, his father Bass
FOHI, Lord of the castle Bass
ZULMA, his daughter Soprano
The BONZE, a Buddhist priest Bass
An Officer Bass
A Soldier Bass
Soldiers, Zulma's entourage chorus
Time and Place

China - a forest and a castle occupied by Tatars with its surroundings


Amazan, an orphan, has been brought up by Fohi. When Fohi learns of the love between his foster son and his daughter Zulma, however, he throws Amazan out of his castle. Amazan roams the forests, accompanied by his servant, Sécuro. It is there that an escaped servant tells him that Fohi's castle has been besieged by enemy Tatar soldiers. Worried about Zulma, Amazan strikes out for home. Meanwhile, Zulma has approached the camp of Koukourgi’s soldiers and asks him to free her father from the castle. Koukourgi places Amazan at the vanguard of his troops, intending to stay in the forest with Zulma. He reveals his love to her. She, however, decides to join the troops. Reluctantly, Koukourgi follows them, surrounded by soldiers in order to shield himself. The battle is won, but there is no trace of Fohi. Eventually, when muffled cries and blows are heard from underground, Koukourgi resolves to take flight. Courageously, Amazan searches the basement dungeons where he succeeds in freeing Fohi. Although Koukourgi has promised him a reward, he threatens Amazan when he hears about his love to Zulma. Koukourgi is not willing to renounce his own love for Zulma. In desperation, Amazan hurls himself into a new battle against the Tatars. When he returns after his triumphant victory, Koukourgi’s father, Zamti, is among those who welcome him. Repelled by his son’s behaviour, he puts an end to his villainous, contemptible advances. All honours and powers, along with Zulma’s hand, are granted to Amazan.



Recommended Recording

Stadttheater Klagenfurt 2010 (WP)
Arthaus Musik 101 638


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