Friday 31. May. 2019, 7.30 pm - 9.15 pm | Großes Haus
“The feast is strange to me, strange,” Daphne says to Leukippos, her childhood friend who desires her, on this day of ecstatic celebrations honouring Dionysus, who scares Daphne so. She loves the tone of the wooden flute. Even Apollo, the god of light, falls for Dionysian magic. He too wants to possess Daphne, but she eludes him as well. Leukippos, wearing Daphne’s clothes in a mirror-image sisterhood, finally manages the deception of changing genders. However, Apollo unmasks Leukippos, a bolt of lightning blinds everyone, and Leukippos is felled, dead. Daphne mourns and is transformed into a tree by Zeus. Strauss’ mythical world of Daphne is mysteriously shot through with free contact between gods and mortals, strangely torn out of chronological context, fantasising about a time of greater purity – albeit a secularised time, drenched in the fragrant aesthetics of Strauss’ late romanticism.
Director: Christof Loy
Set Designer: Annette Kurz
Costume Designer: Ursula Renzenbrink
Lighting Designer: Roland Edrich
Choreography: Thomas Wilhelm
Dramaturgy: Thomas Jonigk, Simon Berger
In German with German and English surtitles
A revival from Basel Theatre. Supported by the Foundation for the Support of the Hamburg State Opera.
Venue: Großes Haus, Dammtorstraße 28, 20354 Hamburg
Prices: 6,00 EUR to 97,00 EUR