• Oberon
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Oberon

Carl Maria von Weber

Romantic Fairy Opera / Libretto by James Robinson Planché based on Wieland’s epic poem Oberon”

Premiere 21/09/2019

Synopsis

Oberon, King of the Elves, and his wife Titania, Queen of the Fairies, are fighting over who is more faithful, men or women. Oberon makes a vow that will cause him some trouble – he will keep away from Titania until the matter is resolved. His faithful servant Puck has already found a couple that seems perfectly suited to prove the concept of unconditional faith and thereby release Oberon from his vow: Huon of Bordeaux, a Franconian knight, and Reiza, a Persian princess. The fable-like plot sends the two lovers Huon and Reiza, together with their confidants Scherasmin and Fatima, on an adventurous journey during which they are shipwrecked, abducted by pirates and sold into slavery. Through his romantic musical language, Carl Maria von Weber combines the miraculous realm of the elves and spirits, the dazzling Orient and the medieval world of knights in a sophisticated fabric. The Salzburg State Theatre stages a cooperation of three divisions at its largest venue: music theatre, drama and ballet merge and complement each other in this fairy-tale production, which continues the English traditions of semi-opera and ballad opera.

The development of Carl Maria von Weber’s (1786–1826) opera “Oberon” was full of ups and downs. The ailing composer received Planché’s libretto act for act. While composing the work, Weber fervently studied English to be able to set the text to music in a meaningful manner. The score was completed only during the rehearsals in London. The world premiere, which was held at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden on 12 April 1826 and was conducted by the composer, was a sensational success.

US-born Israeli composer Ido Arad has gained considerable experience as Principal Conductor and Deputy General Music Director at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and made his debut at the Semperoper in Dresden in the 2017/2018 season. Volkmar Kamm recently staged “The White Rose” and the world premiere of “Der Trafikant” at the Salzburg State Theatre. Here he has also worked with his ingenious partner Konrad Kulke on productions including “Homo Faber”. This time they are joined by young Finnish choreographer Kristian Lever.

With members of the opera, drama and ballet divisions.
In German with German and English surtitles