Opera Talk with Leon Botstein
A Behind the Scenes Look at Euryanthe
Director Kevin Newbury discusses Euryanthe
Victoria Tzykun Talks About Designing Euryanthe
Kevin Newbury, Director
Victora Tzykun, Set Designer
A native of Odessa, Ukraine, and Tel-Aviv, Israel, Tzykun holds an M.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a B.F.A. from Tel-Aviv University. She currently lives and works in New York City and is a member of IATSE Local 829.
Jessica Jahn, Costume Designer
D.M. Wood, Lighting Designer
Ellie Dehn, Euryanthe
William Burden, Adolar
Wendy Bryn Harmer, Eglantine
Ryan Kuster, Lysiart
Peter Volpe, King Ludwig
Ann Chiaverini, Emma
Euryanthe is betrothed to Count Adolar, who has recently returned from battle. In a bet with Adolar, the jealous Count Lysiart stakes his land and fortune on Euryanthe’s infidelity and asserts that he can win her hand. Adolar demands that Lysiart show some proof of his victory should Euyanthe prove untrue.
The loyal, orphaned Euryanthe has given refuge to the abandoned Eglantine. Eglantine is in love with Adolar and secretly determines to effect Euryanthe’s downfall. Lysiart, who previously had attempted to gain Euryanthe’s favor, assists Eglantine. After Eglantine questions her, Euryanthe reveals Adolar’s darkest secret: his sister, Emma, killed herself after losing her lover in battle. Emma’s soul can find no rest until the ring lying in her tomb is moistened with the tears of an injured and innocent maiden. Euryanthe, who has been praying each night at Emma’s tomb, had promised Adolar she would keep his secret, and, too late, she repents having told it to Eglantine. After Euryanthe leaves, Eglantine vows that she will denounce Euryanthe to Adolar. Lysiart arrives to take Euryanthe to Adolar.
Lysiart laments both of his guilt and his love. Eglantine visits Emma’s tomb, takes the ring, and gives it to Lysiart, who had almost given up on his wager with Adolar. She lets him know the secret behind the ring, and he proposes marriage to Eglantine.
Before an assembly, Adolar reveals his anxiety while still longing for his bride. When Euryanthe arrives, Lysiart displays the ring to Count Adolar, claiming that Euryanthe has revealed the secret of his sister’s suicide. Euryanthe protests her innocence, as the men humiliate her and accuse her of infidelity. Adolar gives up his possessions to Lysiart and rushes off into the forest with Euryanthe.
In the forest, Adolar intends to kill Euryanthe and then himself—in spite of her protestations of innocence. They are suddenly attacked by a serpent and Euryanthe throws herself between her lover and the monster. Adolar kills the serpent. He cannot find the heart to kill the one who would have given her life for his, and he goes off, leaving her to her fate. Euryanthe longs for death, but after the king and his hunters arrive, she recounts the story of her woe and the treachery of Eglantine. She collapses as they lead her away.
Meanwhile, the wedding of Eglantine and Lysiart is about to take place. Eglantine, struck by guilt and the silence of the courtiers, and still in love with Adolar, thinks that Emma appears to her as a ghost. Adolar shows himself, and challenges Lysiart to fight. The king arrives, and to punish Adolar for his distrust of Euryanthe, tells him that she is dead. Eglantine, triumphant at the supposed death of her rival, makes known the plot and is slain by the furious Lysiart. As Eglantine dies, Euryanthe enters and rushes to Adolar. Lysiart is led off, and Adolar’s sister finds peace at last because her ring was moistened by the tears of the innocent Euryanthe.
Bard SummerScape Presents
By Carl Maria von Weber
Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director
Directed by Kevin Newbury
July 27 at noon
Free and open to the public
Euryanthe is a story of jealousy and betrayal. A redheaded ghost haunts a dreamlike landscape where supernatural forces collide with everyday hopes of comfort and security. Layers of deceit and repressed desire motivate jealous lovers travelling in a darkly gothic world.
Carl Maria von Weber, an acquaintance of Schubert's and one of the most influential early Romantic composers, wrote Euryanthe in 1823. The gloriously beautiful score replaces sections of spoken dialogue common to German opera of the time with continuous music. This powerful work left its mark on Richard Wagner's Lohengrin and later pieces.
Kevin Newbury (Die Liebe der Danae, SummerScape 2011) directs this rare staging on an unjustly neglected opera. Bard's always remarkable chorus and an exciting cast of singers bring the romantic three-act production to life. Sung in German with English subtitles.
|Victoria Tzykun||Set Designer|
|Jessica Jahn||Costume Designer|
|D.M. Wood||Lighting Designer|
|Dave Bova||Hair and Makeup Designer|
|Wendy Bryn Harmer||Eglantine|
|Peter Volpe||King Ludwig|
Running time for this performance is approximately three hours, including two intermissions.
July 27 at 2 pm
July 30 at 2 pm
August 1 at 7 pm
August 3 at 2 pm
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater