(German: Der Protagonist)
One act opera by Georg Kaiser
and Kurt Weill
A troupe of traveling English actors in Shakespeare's time rehearses a comic
. Their leader, the Protagonist
, meets with his sister, who fearfully
informs him that she has taken a lover. To her surprise, he is not offended,
she says she will bring her lover to meet him.
When the group hears that a bishop
will visit the play, the Protagonist
directs his troupe to play the same pantomime but with a tragic twist. As
they rehearse, his sister returns with her lover. The Protagonist
, caught up in
the play stabs her to death: He requests that he not be arrested until
after the performance, because he is playing his best role in life.
, impressed by Weill's theatrical essay and pantomime Die Zaubernacht
The Magic Night
, allowed the composer to use his play The Protagonist
a larger pantomime-like opera.
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