Concert will begin at 18:55 hours GMT
Strauss' 'Die ägyptische Helena' with Merbeth, Schager, Sala, Hampson and Mei from Milan
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.