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Die Ägyptische Helena

Deborah Voigt brings sumptuous vocalism and dramatic presence to the title role of Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s re-imagination of the Helen myth. Set in the aftermath of the Trojan War, the story is based on the premise that the Helen who came to Troy was a phantom, while the real, faithful one was spirited away. After the war, she is reunited with her husband, Menelas, sung by Torsten Kerl. Diana Damrau is Aithra, the sorceress who helps Helen regain Menelas’s love, and Wolfgang Brendel sings Altair, a desert chieftain who falls in love with Helen. Fabio Luisi conducts the ravishing score.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Mar 31, 2007
Composer
Richard Strauss
Librettist
Hugo von Hofmannsthal, based on Helena von Euripides
Run Time
2 HRS 02 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Fabio Luisi
Helena
Deborah Voigt
Aithra
Diana Damrau
Omniscient Mussel
Jill Grove
Menelas
Torsten Kerl
Altair
Wolfgang Brendel
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