Weber’s ‘great heroic-romantic’ opera Euryanthe premiered in Vienna in 1823. It concerns the wronged Euryanthe, victim of a plot to establish her unfaithfulness, but her love imbues her with colossal strength which Weber characterises with acute psychological insight.
Through-composed and dispensing with spoken dialogue, its chivalric plot provides opportunities for a series of arias, ariosos, duets, cavatinas and choruses that contain some of his greatest operatic music. This production employs the opera’s original version with a few, very minor cuts.
With the collaboration of Naxos
Opera in three acts
Music by Carl Maria von Weber
Libretto by Helmina von Chézy
Premiered on October 25, 1823 in Vienna
Production of the Theater an der Wien
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Conductor | Constantin Trinks
Stage director | Christof Loy
Set designer | Johannes Leiacker
Euryanthe | Jacquelyn Wagner
Adolar | Norman Reinhardt
Eglantine | Theresa Kronthaler
Lysiart | Andrew Foster-Williams
König Ludwig VI | Stefan Cerny
Herzogin von Burgund | Eva-Maria Neubauer
Der Fliegende Höllander (The Flying Dutchman) by Richard Wagner, one of the emblematic masterpieces of Romantic opera, comes to the Teatro Real. In this production by La Fura dels Baus, the conflict between good and bad, light and darkness, is but a reflection of a tormented and imprisoned soul whose free spirit has been appropriated.
The Dutchman is damned, condemned to sail forever, yet his utmost desire is to be released from the inferno of his doomed vessel and return to a life on land. The story has an intense mirrorlike quality in its score, it has all the ingredients of what was to come with Wagner's mature artistry.
The première of Parsifal in major opera houses was not until 1914, after the Bayreuth Festival had maintained the exclusivity of the opera since its opening in 1882. It was a huge success, in part because the opera score was to become one of the most momumental and inspiring scores in music history. As well, its turbulent theme was associated with the Great War and post-war era. Parsifal arrives after years of wanderings through the wilderness to save the Temple of the Grail, encapsulating the emotional climate in Europe at the time, a period of great sacrifice and hardship, collective disorientation and the desperate search for a leader.
Parsifal, the innocent, compassionate "guileless fool", embodies the spirit of redemption. This is the starting point for the staging by German director Claus Guth. One of the most important names in contemporary staging, he made his début at the Teatro Real with this most acclaimed production. The action takes place in a dilapidated hospital for war-wounded soldiers. Inspired by the sanatorium in The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, it embodies the trauma and despair following World War I, when hopes for a new leader led to disaster.
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100 years ago Bizet’s passionate and impressive opera Carmen was staged for the first time in the Arena in Verona.
In front of the imposing backdrop of the Roman amphitheatre Franco Zeffirelli‘s opulent production is conducted by Henrik Nánási and sung by an international cast of excellent singers: Ekaterina Semenchuk in the title role, Irina Lungu as Micaela, Carlo Ventre as Don Jose, Carlos Alvarez as Escamillo.
With the collaboration of Naxos
Das Rheingold is the first part of the colossal Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner, and this will be the second time it is seen on the Teatro Real stage since the theatre’s reopening in 1997.
Pablo Heras-Casado, Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Real leads a cast of renowned Wagnerians including Greer Grimsley, Sarah Connolly and Samuel Youn in Robert Carsen’s bleak vision of the story. The Canadian stage director sets the prologue of The Ring in the desolation of our polluted world, the scene where the characters in this grandiose conflict will continue to be portrayed during the coming seasons.