Aria: Sagt, reis' ich

Composer: d'Albert Eugen

Opera: Die Abreise

Role: Gilfen (Baritone)

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Tu sais, Ô Palémon. Athanaël. Thaïs. MassenetAh! qui pourrait me résister?. Fieramosca. Benvenuto Cellini. BerliozSo che per via dei triboli. Giacomo. Giovanna d'Arco. VerdiDa lunga pezza I medici braman, diceste. Lorenzo de Medici. I Medici. LeoncavalloQui donc commande. Henry VIII. Henry VIII. Saint-SaënsSon lievi le catene a un petto forte. Farasmane. Radamisto. HandelVieni con me sui monti. Baldassarre. L'arlesiana. CileaVoli colla sua tromba. Il Rè di Scozia. Ariodante. HandelSignor, lo credi a me. Meraspe. Admeto. HandelDans ce lieu solitaire. Raimbaud. Le comte Ory. Rossini
Die Abreise (The Departure) is a comic opera in one act by composer Eugen d'Albert. The libretto was written by Ferdinand Sporck, a friend of the composer, after a play by August Ernst Steigentesch.
Eugen d'Albert composed the opera in 1896. The score was published by Max Brockhaus Musikverlag [de] in 1898, and is now available from Boosey & Hawkes.
The opera was first performed 20 October 1898 at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, under the baton of Ludwig Rottenberg.
Gilfen and Luise have been married for many years, and the passion in their relationship has dimmed considerably. Gilfen has been planning to undertake a long journey, but he has postponed his departure every time because he was afraid his wife would take advantage of the situation. And so, he never departed.
Trott, a friend of the couple, is in love with Luise, so it is easily understood why he advises his friend to finally undertake the long planned journey. Gilfen (who has guessed Trott's motives) plays along and takes leave from his wife, faking his departure. Trott immediately seizes the opportunity, but Luise rejects him.
Gilfen then returns to find (much to his surprise and delight) that his wife has been faithful to him. Now it is Trott's turn to leave. Gilfen and Luise finally have time for each other again and they decide to renew their love.
In 1998 CPO released a recording made in 1978 at the Ruhrfestspielhaus [de]. János Kulka conducted the Philharmonia Hungarica; the singers were Hermann Prey (Gilfen), Edda Moser (Luise) and Peter Schreier (Trott).