Opera by Nicola Vaccai
Start: 7 pm
Knights’ hall of Aggstein Castle
Advance ticket sales:
At the castle box office: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
EUR 25.00 / 20.00 advance sales EUR 23.00 / 18.00
With the ticket you will also get reduced admission to the castle: € 5.70 per person
Via ELITE TOURS, the performance can also be booked in combination with exhibitions.
All the info on this can be found here:
The Knights’ Hall at Aggstein Castle is converted into an opera stage for the second time. After the successful performance of G. Rossini’s opera “Demetrius and Polybius” last year, unique Aggstein Castle this year is being used as the really ideal setting for the love story of all love stories: “Romeo and Juliet”. In the role of Juliet, there is a reunion with the soprano singer Iza Kopec who lives in London. The internationally successful Carinthian countertenor Armin Gramer will play Romeo. The role of Capellio will be taken by the Russian tenor Savva Tikhonov and the Carinthian baritone Johannes Hanel will sing the roles of Tebaldo and Lorenzo.
The staging and adaptation of the piece is managed by Ulla Pilz who is well-known from countless musical productions and from Ö1 and who is also taking over the singing part of Adelia this year. Once again, the musical direction will be the responsibility of Nana Masutani who hails from Japan.
“Romeo and Juliet”, probably the most famous love story of all times, does not stem from the pen of William Shakespeare. The original story was already written 40 years before the latter was born, by the Italian poet Luigi da Porto who thus recalls one of his own love tragedies. This short story not only inspired Shakespeare; it is also the basis for the opera “Giulietta e Romeo” by Nicola Vaccai. As the son in a family of doctors, Nicola Vaccai who was born in 1790 is supposed to study law but he spends more time in the theatre than at the university and finally devotes himself entirely to his great love, music. After initial battles, “Giulietta e Romeo” becomes one of his first major successes. The scene in the crypt is even so heart-wrenching that some members of the audience faint during the premiere in Milan.
Even before the action starts, Romeo and Juliet have met each other for the first time and have fallen hopelessly in love with one another. But now Romeo has been banned from Verona, and Juliet’s father Capellio now wants to marry his daughter to Tebaldo, a distant relative. Romeo returns in disguise in order to restore peace between the warring families. He does not achieve this but there is a reunion between the lovers. Their love is discovered; Romeo is able to flee. Juliet is now to be sent to a monastery. The doctor Lorenzo, a friend of the family, has some advice: He brews a fateful sleeping draught ...