9th November

Concert will begin at 18:55 hours GMT

Strauss' 'Die ägyptische Helena' with Merbeth, Schager, Sala, Hampson and Mei from Milan

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Strauss' 'Die ägyptische Helena' (The Egyptian Helen), Op. 75, is an opera in two acts to a German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal,inspired by Euripides (Helen). In her island palace, the sorceress Aithra waits in vain for Poseidon's return. The oracle-like Omniscient Mussel tells her that though Poseidon is far away, he remains steadfast in his love for her. The Mussel then tells of a ship on which the most beautiful woman in the world, Helena (Helen of Troy), is about to be murdered by her husband, Menelas (Menelaus). To save the woman, Aithra conjures a flash storm to shipwreck the passengers, who soon make their way ashore and appear at the palace. Performers:

Helena: Ricarda Merbeth.
Menelas: Andreas Schager.
Hermione: Caterina Maria Sala.
Aithra: Eva Mei.
Altair: Thomas Hampson.
Da -Ud: Attilio Glaser.
Die allwissende Muschel: Claudia Huckle.
Elf 1: Noemi Muschetti.
Elf 2: Arianna Giuffrida.
Elf 3: Alessandra Visentin.

Teatro alla Scala Choir and Orchestra. Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst.

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