L’Histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) is a theatrical work “to be read, played, and danced” (lue, jouée et dansée) by three actors and one or several dancers, accompanied by a septet of instruments. Conceived by Igor Stravinsky and Swiss writer C. F. Ramuz, the piece was based on a Russian folk tale drawn from the collection of Alexander Afanasyev called The Runaway Soldier and the Devil.
The libretto relates the parable of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil in return for unlimited economic gain. The music is scored for a septet of violin, double bass, clarinet, bassoon, cornet (often played on trumpet), trombone, and percussion, and the story is told by three actors: the soldier, the devil, and a narrator, who also takes on the roles of minor characters. A dancer plays the non-speaking role of the princess, and there may also be additional ensemble dancers.
Dancer and Choreography Emanuela Bonora
Costumes Marta Del Fabbro
Lighting Fabio Barettin
Actor and Director Francesco Bortolozzo
Conductor Alessandro Cappelletto
La Fenice production
La Fenice Orchestra soloists
Roberto Baraldi violin, Matteo Liuzzi double bass, Simone Simonelli clarinet, Marco Giani bassoon, Guido Guidarelli trumpet, Giuseppe Mendola trombone, Claudio Cavallini percussions
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