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OberonNew production

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PrinzregententheaterMunich, Bavaria, 81675, Germany
2017 July 21 19:00, July 24 19:00, July 27 19:00, July 30 18:00
Bavarian State Opera
Ivor BoltonConductor
Nikolaus HabjanDirector
Jakob BrossmannSet Designer
Denise HeschlCostume Designer
Julian PrégardienTenorOberon
Annette DaschSopranoReiza
Rachael WilsonMezzo-sopranoFatima
Brenden GunnellTenorSir Huon of Bordeaux
Johannes KammlerBaritoneScherasmin
Alyona AbramowaMezzo-sopranoTitania, Puck
Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
Bayerisches Staatsorchester

The plot of Carl Maria von Weber's romantic elfin opera, first performed at London's Covent Garden in 1826, is quite startling. When Oberon, King of the Fairies quarrels with his queen Titania, it is the humans, of all creatures, who are called upon to solve the problem. Titania will only consider reconciliation, on the condition that a human couple affirm their love within a life or death scenario. Oberon's servant Puck already has somebody in mind – the crusader Hüon of Bordeaux, who is in love with Rezia, daughter of the Calif. 

Their love, a European-Arabian union, is however threatened by perils of a cultural nature. Rezia twice faces being forced into marriage, as well as being kidnapped by pirates and sold in a slave market. Even courageous Hüon cannot confront these dangers in his own strength. In their direst need, Oberon's magic horn comes to the two lovers' aid, even tearing them from the clutches of death. Titania seems unbothered by this intervention. She appears at the end of the opera happily reconciled at the side of her king Oberon – two dei ex machina who demonstrate that the world of fantasy is tightly intertwined with the real world - regardless of any cultural barriers.

Alyona Abramowa (Puck,Titania), Julian Prégardien (Oberon) © Wilfried Hösl
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