Daphne de Strauss

Romeo Castellucci (puesta en escena), Thomas Guggeis (director) — Con René Pape (Peneios), Anna Kissjudit (Gaea), Vera-Lotte Boecker (Daphne) …

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Romeo Castellucci — Director de escena, diseñador de vestuario, iluminador, escenógrafo

Evelin Facchini — Coreógrafa

Martin Wright — Director de coro

Piersandra Di Matteo — Dramaturgo

Jana Beckmann — Dramaturga

Maxi Menja Lehmann — Asistente del director de escena

Lisa Behensky — Asistente del escenógrafo

Alessio Valmori — Asistente del escenógrafo

Clara Rosina Straßer — Asistente del vestuarista

Theresa Wilson — Asistente del escenógrafo

Marco Giusti — Asistente de luces

René Pape — Peneios

Anna Kissjudit — Gaea

Vera-Lotte Boecker — Daphne

Magnus Dietrich — Leukippos

Pavel Černoch — Apollo

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Don't miss this rarely heard gem by Richard Strauss: the opera Daphne returns to the Berlin State Opera with Vera-Lotte Boecker and René Pape! In this meticulous staging by Romeo Castellucci, the titular nymph's arboreal metamorphosis takes place against a ghostly backdrop of falling snow, untainted by the bloodshed to come…

This Castellucci production is a thorough reimagining of the work that still keeps the overarching framework of the myth passed down through generations, from Ovid and Plutarch to Strauss and his librettist Joseph Gregor. Under the baton of Thomas Guggeis, the voices of Vera-Lotte Boecker and René Pape (as Daphne and her suitor Leucippe) unite in harmonius celebration of this age-old drama where life and death melt into one another.

Composed between 1936 and 1937 in Dresden, Strauss's work opens on a paean to nature sung by the young nymph Daphne. Unbeknownst to her, the god Apollo (played brilliantly by Pavel Černoch) is listening, mad with desire—but she escapes his clutches through flattery and the intervention of Zeus, who transforms her into a laurel tree, making her one with nature itself. In a final creative exclamation point, Castellucci closes the action with the epigraph from T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, perhaps in a nod to our own ecological crisis: "'Sibyl, what do you want?' She answered, 'I want to die.'"

Photo © Monika Rittershaus

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