Considered Strauss’s only true comic opera, this rarely performed work is by turns elegiac and incisively witty. The brilliantly written libretto by Stefan Zweig (loosely based on the Renaissance play by Ben Jonson) features a madcap cast of characters in a variety of guises. The imaginative and colorful production by Christian Räth (Das Wunder der Heliane, SummerScape 2019) featuring a stellar group of performers is sung in German with English supertitles.
Composer Richard Strauss
Libretto Stefan Zweig
American Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Leon Botstein
Bard Festival Chorale
Chorus Master James Bagwell
Direction and Set Design Christian Räth
Choreography David Neumann
Costume Design Mattie Ullrich
Lighting Design Rick Fisher
Associate Set Design Daniel Unger
Hair/Make-Up Design Kate Casalino
Supertitle Translation Peter Filkins
VIDEOS WITH MAESTRO Leon Botstein
All photos were taken in March 2022 by Maria Baranova, and feature Jana McIntyre and David Portillo.