DIE LIEBE DER DANAE

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - Start: 8:00 PM

A „cheerful mythology“ in three acts by Richard Strauss (Salzburg Festival, 2016, Großes Festspielhaus – in German). A co-production by ORF and UNITEL CLASSICA

Krassimira Stoyanova sings the role of Danae
Krassimira Stoyanova sings the role of Danae
The idea for Die Liebe der Danae originally occurred to Hugo von Hofmannsthal, who wrote a draft entitled Danae oder die Vernunftheirat (Danae or the Marriage of Convenience) in 1920. Strauss was enthusiastic at first, but then lost interest. 16 years later, his biographer Willi Schuh reminded him of the tale. Instead of Hofmannsthal, who had died in the interim, Joseph Gregor wrote the libretto, which combines two different mythological tales: the story of Jupiter, who attempts to woo Danae, the daughter of the financially troubled King Pollux, by appearing to her as a golden rain, and that of King Midas, whose touch turned anything he came into contact with into gold. In the opera, this gift is the reward for allowing Jupiter to “borrow” the figure of the poor donkey driver Midas to court Danae. She, however, falls in love with the real Midas, who approaches her as the king’s messenger Chrysopher. At the culmination of the second act, the love-struck Midas embraces Danae, who is turned into a golden statue. Jupiter agrees to give her back her body, but forced to choose, Danae decides to spend her life with Midas in poverty.

Cast

Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst | Director: Alvis Hermanis | Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic | Duration: 165 minutes | Featuring: Krassimira Stoyanova (Danae), Tomasz Konieczny (Jupiter), Norbert Ernst (Merkur), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Pollux), Regine Hangler (Xanthe), Gerhard Siegel (Midas alias Chrysopher)