GOTTFRIED VON EINEM (1918-1996): Der Besuch der alten Dame.
Catalogue Number: 04T057
Reference: C 930 182 I
Description: An enormously wealthy older woman returns to her former hometown with a sinister bargain: she wants the townspeople to kill the man who got her pregnant, then jilted her. In exchange, she offers the town enough money to revitalize their decrepit city. Eventually, the townspeople agree to her dreadful deal. Based on a 1956 play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, von Einem cloaks his biting critique of amorality and greed in conservative and accessible music which helped it to many performances through the rest of the 1970s. 2 CDs. English synopsis. Christa Ludwig (mezzo), Eberhard Waechter (baritone), Hans Beirer (tenor), Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera; Horst Stein (premiere performance, May 23, 1971).