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EURYANTHE
Carl Maria von Weber
1786 - 1826

Grand romantic opera in three acts
Libretto by Helmina de Chézy
First performed October 25th 1823, Kärtnertor Theater, Vienna
Sung in German with German surtitles

Duration: c. 3 1/2 hours incl. one interval

About the work

This opera is full of heroic impulses and melancholy professions of love. After the overwhelming overture the music conjures up a ...
This opera is full of heroic impulses and melancholy professions of love. After the overwhelming overture the music conjures up a world of spirits. Graf Adolar's lovesick sister Emma poisoned herself, but finds no peace in her grave. Although Weber's magic is bewitching, contradictions in the libretto led to a luke warm reception when it was first performed and, still today, the libretto is the main reason why Weber's most exciting work leads a shadowy existence in the opera world. The poet Helmina von Chézy based it on a 13th century tale set in Ludwig VI's castle. The declaration of peace is being celebrated. Graf Lysiart doubts that Euryanthe is faithful to Adolar. They make a bet, with Adolar, sure of his beloved's fidelity, putting all his worldy goods at stake. Lysiart tries to seduce Euryanthe but she spurns him. He gets unexpected help from Eglantine, Euryanthe's best friend, who is also in love with Adolar. They plot an intrigue. Euryanthe is disowned and abandoned in the woods. When she, unexpectedly, encounters the King she finds the courage to profess her innocence. The treacherous pair give themselves away, their intrigue laid bare.
Weber's first through-composed opera was written after the enormous success he enjoyed with Freischutz. In Euryanthe he discovered new harmonic directions and brought out fascinating musical character studies. Despite the libretto – the dramatic flow of music it inspired is of rare clarity and poetic beauty.

Synopsis

Adolar's sister Emma took her life after she lost Udo in battle. Their spirits can only be reunited if an innocent person's tears ...
Adolar's sister Emma took her life after she lost Udo in battle. Their spirits can only be reunited if an innocent person's tears fall on the ring from which contained the poison. Adolar conceals his sister's suicide, to avoid shaming the family. The only person who knows this secret is Euryanthe, his intended bride. Peace is being celebrated. Adolar sings of his faithful bride, who is waiting for his return. Lysiart bets that he can seduce her. Adolar acceps the challenge, putting all his worldy goods at stake. The game begins. Eglantine secretly loves Adolar. Filled with hate, she observes her rival as she looks forward to seeing her fiancé again. Eglantine coaxes Euryanthe into revealing the truth about Emma. Lysiart realises that Euryanthe's faithful love is Adolar's alone. He tries to find another plan to crush Adolar, and win. Eglantine has stolen the ring from Emma's tomb. She tries to think of a way of using it against Euryanthe. Lysiart has been eavesdropping: he offers her his hand in marriage. They vow to destroy Euryanthe and Adolar. Part 2: Adolar has doubts, but his trust in Euryanthe triumphs in the end. They meet again and reaffirm the constancy of their love. Lysiart produces the ring and drops hints about Emma's suicide. It looks as if Lysiart has won the game. Adolar leads Euryanthe away, to kill her. Euryanthe saves Adolar from danger. Adolar abandons her to her fate.The King finds Euryanthe. She tells him about Eglantine and Lysiart's plot. Euryanthe dies. Eglantine and Lysiart's wedding. Eglantine speaks incoherently about the deception. The King announces Euryanthe's death. Eglantine, now quite mad, gives her crime away. Lysiart kills her. Might Euryanthe's tears release Emma's spirit and reunite her, in death, with Udo?
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Sunday 05.04.2015 18:00 h

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Cast

Conductor
Roland Kluttig
Director
Johannes Erath
Stage Designer
Heike Scheele
Costume Designer
Gesine Völlm
Lighting Designer
Joachim Klein
Dramaturge
Zsolt Horpácsy
Chorus and Extra Chorus Master
Tilman Michael

König
Kihwan Sim
Adolar
Eric Cutler
Euryanthe
Erika Sunnegardh
Lysiart
James Rutherford
Eglantine
Heidi Melton
Emma
Katharina Ruckgaber*
Udo
Michael Porter *

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