Der betrogene Kadi

 

by Christoph Willibald Gluck

 

Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 8:00PM

Performed in German

 

NOLA Studios
244 W. 54th/8th/Broadway
New York City

 

 

 

 

Der betrogene Kadi is Gluck's Le Kadi dupe in a German version. A Kadi is a Moslem judge with biggish powers. This example, tired of his wife Fatime, plans to divorce her and marry the young Zelmire. Though he has never set eyes on her, he has heard of her beauty (in the Kadi's world decision are based less on personal experience than on hearsay). Zelmire declines the offer. To revenge himself the Kadi now decides to marry her off to Nuradin, whom he wrongly believes to be impoverished. In reality, Nuradin is Zelmire's lover. Seeking revenge in her turn, Zelmire arranges for the Kadi to plight himself to Omega, daughter of the dyer Omar. Reputedly beautiful, Omega is ugly and misshapen. When he sees her the Kadi, humiliated, sees no alternative but to return to Fatime.

 

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