Semiramide (Semiramis) från Bayerische Staatsoper i München – synopsis

Semiramide (Semiramis) från Bayerische Staatsoper i München – synopsis

Semiramide (Semiramis) från Bayerische Staatsoper i München – synopsis The story Past History A decade and a half previously, Semiramide, the Queen of Babylon, poisoned her husband, King Nino, with the help of her former lover, Assur. Semiramide has reigned alone in Babylon since that time. In the commotion caused by the assassination Ninia, the son of Semiramide and Nino, disappeared and has not been seen since. Act One In the Temple of Baal, Oroe, the high priest, falls into a state of ecstasy while praying. The deity informs him…

Hair the musical – synopsis In English

Hair the musical  – synopsis In English

Hair the musical – synopsis In English Act I Claude, the nominal leader of the “tribe”, sits center stage as the tribe mingles with the audience. Tribe members Sheila, a New York University student who is a determined political activist, and Berger, an irreverent free spirit, cut a lock of Claude’s hair and burn it in a receptacle. After the tribe converges in slow-motion toward the stage, through the audience, they begin their celebration as children of the Age of Aquarius (“Aquarius”). Berger removes his trousers to reveal a loincloth.…

Medea at Royal Opera in Stockholm – English summary

Medea at Royal Opera in Stockholm – English summary

Medea at Royal Opera in Stockholm – English summary Daniel Börtz’ opera Medea is based on the Greek tragedy by Euripides from 431 B.C. The opera recounts the story of a woman who is rejected  by her husband, after having abandoned her homeland and royal status and is pushed by desperate circumstances into a horrible crime: killing her husband’s future spouse, as well as her own children. Medea is composed by Swedish composer Daniel Börtz, one of Swedens foremost composers. Börtz frequently composes music on themes derived either from Greek…

Das Liebesverbot opera by Richard Wagner – synopsis

Das Liebesverbot opera by Richard Wagner – synopsis

Das Liebesverbot opera by Richard Wagner – synopsis The synopsis is Wagner’s own description of his scenario, in a translation by William Ashton Ellis published in 1898.[7]Place: Palermo Time: 16th century Act 1 The town square An unnamed King of Sicily leaves his country on a journey to Naples, as I suppose, and deputes to his appointed State-holder—called simply Friedrich, to mark him for a German—the full authority to use all royal powers in an attempt to radically reform the manners of his capital, which had become an abomination to…

Rinaldo opera by Georg Friedrich Händel – synopsis

Rinaldo opera by Georg Friedrich Händel – synopsis

Rinaldo opera by Georg Friedrich Händel – synopsis Place: in and around the city of Jerusalem during the First Crusade Time: 1099 Act 1 The Crusader army under Goffredo is laying siege to Jerusalem, where the Saracen king Argante is confined with his troops. With Goffredo are his brother Eustazio, his daughter Almirena, and the knight Rinaldo. As Goffredo sings of the coming victory, Rinaldo declares his love for Almirena, and Goffredo confirms that she will be Rinaldo’s bride when Jerusalem falls. Almirena urges Rinaldo to fight boldly and assure…

Tamerlano opera by Georg Friedrich Händel – synopsis

Tamerlano opera by Georg Friedrich Händel – synopsis

Tamerlano opera by Georg Friedrich Händel – synopsis Place: Prusa Time: 1402 The defeated Ottoman Emperor Bajazet is brought in chains to the court of Tamerlano. He has ordered Andronico to remove the chains, but Bajazet is mistrustful of this action. Bajazet adds that the only reason he does not commit suicide is his love for his daughter, Asteria.(Aria:“Forte e lieto a morte andrei”). Tamerlano arrives and orders Andronico to try and obtain Bajazet and Asteria’s consent for Asteria to marry him, with a reward for Andronico of the Greek throne,…

La Gioconda with Opera Factory – synopsis

La Gioconda with Opera Factory – synopsis

La Gioconda with Opera Factory – synopsis ACT 1 Barnaba, a spy for the Inquisition, watches and observes La Gioconda during a pre-Lent carnival celebration at the Doge’s palace while a regatta race takes place on the canal. As La Gioconda escorts her blind mother, La Cieca, across the town square, Barnaba quickly approaches her and bluntly asks her out. La Gioconda refuses his oppressive advances, so he angrily proclaims that her mother is an evil old witch who caused the less-than-favorable outcome of the races. The townsfolk are easily persuaded,…

Don Giovanni at Royal Operahouse – SF-bio – synopsis

Don Giovanni at Royal Operahouse – SF-bio – synopsis

Don Giovanni at Royal Operahouse – SF-bio – synopsis Act I Don Giovanni, a Spanish nobleman, is renowned throughout Europe as a seducer of women; Leporello, his servant, reluctantly aids him by keeping watch. G is chased by Donna Anna, his most recent conquest; her father, the Commendatore, challenges G to a fight and is killed. Anna tells her fiancé, Don Ottavio, that she was raped 
by an unknown man and they vow revenge on the murderer. Leporello’s attempts to persuade his master to reform are interrupted by Donna Elvira,…

La Bohème at Royal Opera House – synopsis

La Bohème at Royal Opera House – synopsis

La Bohème at Royal Opera House – synopsis The opera is set in Paris, around 1830. ACT I An attic in the Latin Quarter, Christmas Eve Rodolfo and Marcello complain of the bitter cold. They need to light their stove: Marcello suggests using a chair, but Rodolfo offers the manuscript of the play he is writing and they banter ironically as they enjoy the fleeting warmth. Colline returns and the remaining acts of the play are burnt. Some children arrive carrying wood, food and wine, followed by Schaunard. He explains…

Nixon in China at Metropolitan Opera – synopsis

Nixon in China at Metropolitan Opera – synopsis

Nixon in China at Metropolitan Opera – synopsis Nixon in China Libretto by Alice Goodman World premiere: Houston Grand Opera, October 22, 1987 The action takes place in Peking (Beijing), China, February 1972. Act I The airfield outside Peking: it is a cold, clear, dry morning: Monday, February 21, 1972. Contingents of army, navy, and air force circle the field and sing “The Three Main Rules of Discipline and the Eight Points of Attention.” Premier Chou En-lai, accompanied by a small group of officials, strolls onto the runway just as…

Satyagraha at Metropolitan Opera – synopsis

Satyagraha at Metropolitan Opera – synopsis

Satyagraha at Metropolitan Opera – synopsis Act I Tolstoy Scene 1 The Kuru Field of Justice A great battle was impending between two royal families, the Kuruvas and the Pandavas. At a signal from the aged king, the trumpeter blew his conch, loosening the tempest in the waiting armies assembled on the sacred plain. From both sides, warriors and chieftains blew their battle shells announcing their readiness to fight with a din resounding between heaven and earth. And seeing the battle set, weapons unsheathing, bows drawn forth—Prince Arjuna spoke to…

La donna del Lago Metropolitan Opera – synopsis

La donna del Lago Metropolitan Opera – synopsis

La donna del Lago Metropolitan Opera – synopsis Act I Loch Katrine, Stirlingshire, Scotland. Elena, the Lady of the Lake, makes her daily crossing while shepherds watch their flocks and men hunt in the woods. She sings of her love for Malcolm Groeme, but comes across King James, who has disguised himself as “Uberto,” hoping to meet the legendary beauty Elena. Believing the King to be a hunter who has lost his way, she offers him hospitality and they depart for her home, while the King’s men search for their…

Aida at Metropolitan Opera – synopsis

Aida at Metropolitan Opera – synopsis

Aida at Metropolitan Opera – synopsis Act I Egypt, during the reign of the pharaohs. At the royal palace in Memphis, the high priest Ramfis tells the warrior Radamès that Ethiopia is preparing another attack against Egypt. Radamès hopes to command his army. He is in love with Aida, the Ethiopian slave of Princess Amneris, the king’s daughter, and he believes that victory in the war would enable him to free her and marry her. But Amneris loves Radamès, and when the three meet, she jealously senses his feelings for…

Aida at Malmö Opera – synopsis

Aida at Malmö Opera – synopsis

Aida at Malmö Opera – synopsis Act 1 The king of Egypt soon will appoint the leader of his armyagainst king Amonasro of Ethiopia, who’s forces are threatening their country. The warrior Radamès is told by the highpriest Ramfis, and he is hoping to be the chosen one. If he is victorious he can ask the king to marry his secret love, the Ethiopian slave girl Aida. He doesn’t know she is Amonasro’s daughter.Amneris, daughter of the Egyptian king, is also in love with Radamès.The king and his court arrives.…

Quartett at Malmoe opera – synopsis

Quartett at Malmoe opera – synopsis

Quartett at Malmoe opera – synopsis SALON BEFORE THE FRENCH REVOLUTION/BUNKER AFTER THE THIRD WORLD WAR Scene 1 Marquise de Merteuil thinks back on her relation with Viscount de Valmont. Scene 2 Merteuil lets Valmont know her new lover is very young. Valmont is planning to seduce Madame de Tourvel, the wife of a high judge who once rejected Merteuil. Scene 3 Tourvel is faithful to her husband and according to Merteuil a much too easy prey. She wants him to persue young Volanges, her 15-year-old niece just out of convent…

Magic Flute at Royal Opera in Stockholm – synopsis

Magic Flute at Royal Opera in Stockholm – synopsis

Magic Flute at Royal Opera in Stockholm – synopsis Composer and librettist Music: W.A. Mozart|Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder Libretto Här kan du hämta librettot till Trollflöjten or Libretto IN GERMAN FRANÇAIS ESPANOL IN ENGLISH Première First performance at Theater auf der Wieden, 30 september 1791. Seen the performance: 9 oktober 2012 at Royal Operahouse in Stockholm ACT 1 Tamino has lost his way. Suddenly, he is attacked by a serpent. He faints, but is saved by three ladies. When he recovers he is introduced to Papageno the bird catcher. Tamino thinks Papageno rescued him from the serpent which Papageno…