Elegy for Young Lovers

Elegie für junge Liebende: Golda Schultz, Yulia Sokolik, Dean Power, Tim Kuypers Elegie für junge Liebende: Tim Kuypers Elegie für junge Liebende: Iulia Maria Dan
Hans Werner Henze
Libretto by Wystan Hugh Auden and Chester Kallman
German version by Ludwig Landgraf, Werner Schachteli and Hans Werner Henze

Opera in three acts
Production by the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera

As its motto, the librettist Wystan Hugh Auden himself placed a quote from William Butler Yeats above the libretto: "The spirit of man must decide in favour of the completeness of life or of work." A charismatic poet who gathers a faithfully devoted group of followers around him is at the heart of Hans Werner Henze's opera Elegy for Young Lovers, first performed in 1961. And all the participants experience the bitter aftertaste of being exploited within the hazy mist of art, and what it means when any attempt at a solution ends in death. – All for the sake of art?

In German with German surtitles

New production

The Opera Studio is supported by
Erika Kaufmann and Rolf and Caroli Dienst, Vera and Volker Doppelfeld-Stiftung, Freunde des Nationaltheaters e.V., Dr. Joachim Feldges, Iris and Kurt Hegerich, Dirk and Marlene Ippen, Marco Janezic, Silke and Klaus Murmann, The Opera Foundation, Ingeborg Pohl, Eugénie Rohde, Dr. Kurt and Chiona Schwarz, Dr. Martin and Eva Steinmeyer, Georg und Swantje von Werz

Première on Friday, 3 May 2013
7.00 p.m. - app. 9.55 p.m.
Playing time: 2 hours 55 minutes (1 intermission)
Prices CE
Open ticket sales

Musikalische Leitung Francesco Angelico
Regie Christiane Pohle
Bühne Maria-Alice Bahra
Kostüme Sara Kittelmann
Licht Michael Bauer
Produktionsdramaturgie Rainer Karlitschek

Gregor Mittenhofer Tim Kuypers
Dr. Wilhelm Reischmann Rafał Pawnuk
Toni Reischmann Dean Power
Elisabeth Zimmer Golda Schultz
Carolina Gräfin von Kirchstetten Silvia Hauer
Hilda Mack Iulia Maria Dan
Josef Mauer Tobias Truniger

The Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera
The Bavarian State Orchestra