Die Verschwörung des Fiesco zu Genua

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Die Verschwörung des Fiesco zu Genua ("Fiesco's Conspiracy at Genoa") is a German tragedy in two acts by Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805)[1]

Also known simply as Fiesco .

The original text

Described as "Ein republikanishes Trauerspel" ("a republican tragedy"), the play is based on the historical conspiracy of Giovanni Luigi Fieschi[2] against Andrea Doria in Genoa in 1547. It premiered in at the Hoftheaterin Bonn in 1783 and published in Frankfurt and Leipzig by**, 1783.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Dutch as Fiësko, of De Samenzweering te Genua (a "Republikeinsch treurspel") by a number of authors. A version by an unnamed translator was published by P. Meyer en G. Warnars, 1792 (as Volume 22 of Spectatoriaale schouwburg), one by C.M. Plumicke and Iz. de Jongh published by Abraham Mars, Amsterdam, in 1800 and yet another version by Jacob Lennep, published in 1825 by M. Westerman en C. van Hulst.

Fiesco was first translated into English by G. H. Noehden and J. Stoddart, during Schiller’s lifetime, and was followed by a few more in the 19th century. However, according to John Guthrie (2015)[3], Schiller’s Fiesco was not often performed in Britain, beyond a performance at Drury Lane Theatre in 1850 (adapted by Planché). The latest version is Fiesco's Conspiracy at Genoa by Flora Kimmich, 2015.

The German silent film Die Verschwörung zu Genua[4] (1921, directed by Paul Leni) is based on the Schiller play.

Die Verschwörung des Fiesco zu Genua[5] (A TV version, directed by Theodor Grädler, 1961)

Die Verschwörung des Fiesco zu Genua[6] (A TV version, directed by Heinrich Koch, 1964)

Die Verschwörung des Fiesco zu Genua[] (a DDR radio drama, 1969, directed by Peter Groeger).

Fiesco[7], an opera in three acts by Friedemann Holst-Solbach, 2015)

Performance history in South Africa

1896: Performed in Dutch as Fiësko, of De Samenzweering te Genua (probably in the Lennep version) by Door Yver Bloeit de Kunst in the Opera House, Cape Town, on 27 August.



Facsimile version of the 1792 Dutch version, Google E-book[8]

Facsimile version of the 1800 Dutch version, Delpher[9]

Facsimile version of the 1825 Dutch version, Google E-book[10]

John Guthrie. 2015. Introduction to Fiesco's Conspiracy at Genoa by Flora Kimmich. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers[11]





D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.203-205

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