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Tragédie lyrique in three acts(1807)

Music by Gaspare Spontini

Libretto by Victor-Joseph Étienne de Jouy

In French with German surtitles

Production of Theater an der Wien

Premiere: Saturday, 16 November 2019, 7 pm until 10 pm (Intermission: 8.05 pm)

Performances: 18 / 20 / 23 / 25 / 27 November 2019, 7 pm

Synopsis

After five years Licinius has returned to Rome as a victorious general. The city prepares a triumphal procession for its hero who, however, desires only to see his beloved Julia again. But now he learns that Julia was forced to become a Vestal Virgin. As such she had to swear a vow of chastity; if she breaks it, she will be walled  in alive. Licinius decides to risk abducting Julia from the temple. In the meantime Julia is told that she is the one to crown the young victor with the laurel next day. Her love for Licinius flares up again. At night Licinius enters and tries to take Julia with him. She refuses, but in this moment the sacred fire goes out, which is immediately  noticed. Licinius escapes. The high priest sentences Julia to death. Licinius’s   followers try to resolve Julia, but in the end the goddess herself saves Julia’s life: her  Vestal veil had been placed on the fireplace, and just before the last stone seals her tomb the goddess Vesta sets fire to the veil with a bolt of lightning, thus reigniting the sacred flame.

Cast

Conductor

Bertrand de Billy

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Director

Johannes Erath

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Stage design

Katrin Connan

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Costume design

Jorge Jara

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Light design

Bernd Purkrabek

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Video design

Bibi Abel

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Dramaturgy

Olaf A. Schmitt

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Julia, eine junge Vestalin

Elza van den Heever

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Licinius

Michael Spyres

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Cinna

Sébastien Guèze

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Hohepriester

Franz-Josef Selig

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Oberste Vestalin

Claudia Mahnke

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Anführer der Wahrsager

Dumitru Mădăraşăn

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Ein Konsul

Ivan Zinoviev

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Orchestra

Wiener Symphoniker

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Choir

Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)

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Premiere: 16 November 2019
Directeur:  Johannes Erath
Stage designer: Katrin Connan
Costume designer: Jorge Jara 
Light designer: Bernd Purkrabek
Video designer: Bibi Abel