Τετάρτη, 14 Μαΐου 2014

DIE LIEBE DER DANAE - Oper Frankfurt

DIE LIEBE DER DANAE 
(THE LOVE OF DANAE) IN CONCERT
 
Richard Strauss
1864 - 1949 
Jolly myth in three acts
Libretto by Joseph Gregor after a sketch - Danae oder Die Vernunftheirat/Danae or the Marriage of Convenience (1919) – by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
World Premiere – an open dress rehearsal on August 16th 1944, Festspielhaus, Salzburg 
Sung in German with German surtitles
Concert performances 

ABOUT THE PIECE

Princess Danae dreams of wealth at the improverished court of her father King Pollux. Jupiter takes advantage of her wishes and woos her in the human form of a former donkey driver, who has become incredibly rich, called Midas, who would dearly like to make Danae his wife himself. Midas stands up for himself and wins the Princess. Jupiter warns him that he will lose his golden touch if he disobeys him but Midas touches Danae, turning her to gold. Midas finds himself back in his donkey stall again, without a penny... Danae has to decide between gold or love.
    Similarities to Wagner are unmistakable. The Ring almost pops out now and again in Strauss’ shining music. Walter Keller even described the work as being an »Wagner opera from Garmisch« (where Strauss lived).
    The first attempts to stage Liebe der Danae proved difficult. Richard Strauss composed his »jolly myth in three acts« in the first years of World War II. The first performance was a dress rehearsal in the run up to the Salzburg Festival on August 16th 1944 but the performances never took place because Goebbels closed down theatres and festivals after an attempt on Hitler’s life. Tue »performance« world premiere took place in 1952, three years after the composer’s death, and was broadcast on radio throughout western Europe. This rarity is being performed in Frankfurt for the first time.
Sunday 15.06.2014 
Further performances:
19.06.2014 

CAST

Conductor 
Sebastian Weigle 
Chorus Master 
Matthias Köhler 
Jupiter 
Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester 
Merkur 
Peter Marsh 
Pollux, König von Eos 
Beau Gibson 
Danae 
Anne Schwanewilms 
Xanthe, Danaes Dienerin 
Karen Vuong 
Midas 
Lance Ryan 
Vier Könige, Neffen des Pollux 
Michael McCown 
Hans-Jürgen Lazar 
Björn Bürger 
Franz Mayer 
Semele 
Britta Stallmeister 
Europa 
Barbara Zechmeister 
Alkmene 
Tanja Ariane Baumgartner 
Leda 
Katharina Magiera 
Chorus and Orchestra of Oper Frankfurt 

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