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Die ägyptische Helena

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  • Franz Welser Most ph Brescia e Amisano 663971BADG
  • Ricarda Merberth ph Mirko Joeger Kellner
  • Andreas Schager
  • Sven Eric Bechtolf 658208BADG ph Brescia e Amisano
  • Eva Mei ph Brescia e Amisano 663216BADG
  • Thomas Hampson 9313
Ph. Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano
From 6 to 23 November 2019
Richard Strauss

Running Time: 2 hours 43 minutes intermission included

Teatro alla Scala Chorus and Orchestra

Teatro alla Scala New Production

First performance at Teatro alla Scala

 

FIRST ACT 61 minutes / Intermission 30 minutes / SECOND ACT 72 minutes

 

Conductor Franz Welser-Möst
Staging Sven-Eric Bechtolf
Sets Julian Crouch
Costumes Mark Bouman
Lights Fabrice Kebour
Video-designer Josh Higgason

CAST

Helena

Ricarda Merbeth

Menelaus

Andreas Schager

Hermione Caterina Maria Sala*
Aithra Eva Mei
Altair Thomas Hampson
Da -Ud Attilio Glaser
Die allwissende Muschel Claudia Huckle
Elf 1 Noemi Muschetti*
Elf 2 Arianna Giuffrida*
Elf 3 Alessandra Visentin
Elf 4 Valeria Girardello*
Aithra 's Slave 1 Tajda Jovanovič
Aithra 's Slave 2 Valeria Girardello 

*Soloists of La Scala Academy

 

The performance of 9 November will be broadcast live on RAI RADIO 3

 

NOTES ON THE PERFORMANCE

 

For Die ägyptische Helena, performed for the first time at the Semperoper in Dresden in 1928 but never staged at La Scala until now, Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal drew upon Euripides and Stesichorus, creating a luscious fantasy in which characters of the classical tradition move against an exotic and fairy-tale background. The story of Helen, who escapes the wrath of the betrayed Menelaus thanks to the nymph Aithra, who convinces him that only the phantom of the woman has been taken to Troy while she has stayed safely in Egypt, offers Strauss a wealth of inspiration for this incredibly rich, imaginative score.