Jeunesse / Wiener Konzerthaus
Performance 05/21/2016 at 6.00pm | Romantic opera in three acts | Text by the composer | In cooperation with the Bayreuther Festspiele (BF Medien GmbH)
The Oper Leipzig opened Wagner’s bicentennial celebrations in 2013 with one of his seldom-performed early works. The then 20-year old based this opera on Carlo Gozzi’s fairy tale La Donna Serpente (The Serpent Woman). One of Wagner’s enduring themes, salvation through love, emerges here first. This fairy tale-like plot, set between the world of man and the fairy kingdom, bears a passing resemblance to both A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Orpheus. King Arindal loves the beautiful Ada, a fairy. In order to win her, he has to pass difficult tests and give her his complete trust. Ada forbids him from asking her about her name and parentage. But when he breaks his vow to her, he loses her and falls into a deep depression. It is only after a seemingly endless journey that he can win her back again.
Die Feen is fully in the tradition of German Romantic opera, influenced by Carl Maria von Weber and Heinrich Marschner. The Canadian production team presents this opera as an opulent and psychologically gripping sensual experience of human fantasy.