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Bassarids

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Opera with intermezzo in one act (four movements) by Henze to a libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman after Euripides' Bacchae (Salzburg, 1966).

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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... a Thracian bacchanal; a bacchant . The word comes from Greek, literally meaning ‘fox’, probably from the traditional dress of...

bassarid

bassarid  

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A Thracian bacchanal; a bacchant. The word comes from Greek, literally meaning ‘fox’, probably from the traditional dress of fox-skins.
Bassarids, The

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The Oxford Companion to Music

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...Bassarids, The . Opera with intermezzo in one act (four movements) by Henze to a libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman after Euripides' Bacchae (Salzburg, 1966...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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..., The Opera seria with intermezzo in 1 act by Henze to lib. by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman based on The Bacchae of Euripides. Comp. 1965 . Prod. Salzburg 1966 in Ger. trans. by M. Bosse‐Sporleder ; Santa Fe 1968 (in orig. Eng.); London (broadcast) 1968 ; ENO 1974 (cond. and prod....

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A Dictionary of Opera Characters (2 ed.)

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..., The ( Henze ). Lib. by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman ; 1 act (4 movements); f.p. Salzburg 1966 , cond. Christoph von Dohnányi . Greece, ancient times (the Bassarids, or Bacchae, are the worshippers of Dionysus): Cadmus , King of Thebes, abdicates in favour of his grandson Pentheus . Despite Pentheus’ fury, his mother Agave , her sister Autonoe , and the blind Tiresias all worship Dionysus . Pentheus orders his guards to arrest them all, but learns nothing from them about the Dionysian way of life. The disguised Dionysus enables Pentheus...

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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2008
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...in Agave's household silent Child her daughter silent Bassarids , Theban citizens, guards and servants Setting The Royal Palace, Thebes, and Mount Cytheron, in antiquity Henze's second collaboration with Auden and Kallman, after the successful première of Elegy for Young Lovers , was commissioned by the Salzburg Festival. The libretto was prepared in 1963 , but Henze did not begin work on the score until more than a year later, after he had completed Der junge Lord . In 1974 The Bassarids was staged by the English National Opera at the London...

Bassarids

Bassarids  

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Opera with intermezzo in one act (four movements) by Henze to a libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman after Euripides' Bacchae (Salzburg, 1966).
Autonoe

Autonoe  

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(Henze: The Bassarids). Sop. Sister of Agave, and aunt of Pentheus. Created (1966) by Ingeborg Hallstein.
Agave

Agave  

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(Henze: The Bassarids). Mez. Daughter of King Cadmus of Thebes, mother of Pentheus, who succeeds to the throne. Hypnotized by Dionysus and his world, she leads the Bacchantes who kill Pentheus when ...
Cadmus

Cadmus  

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1 (Handel: Semele). Bass. King of Thebes, father of Ino and Semele. Created (1744) by Henry Reinhold.2 (Henze: The Bassarids). Bass. Founder of Thebes, he abdicated in favour of his grandson ...
Gregory Dempsey

Gregory Dempsey  

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(b Melbourne, 1931).Australian tenor. Studied as bar., but made début as ten. at National Opera of Victoria, 1954 (Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni). Moved to London 1962, joining SW Opera (later ENO), ...
Chester Kallman

Chester Kallman  

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(b Brooklyn, NY, 1921; d Athens, 1975).Amer. poet and librettist. Joint librettist with Auden for Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress and Henze's The Bassarids and Elegy for Young Lovers. Also joint ...
Santa Fe Opera

Santa Fe Opera  

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Opera co. in Santa Fe, New Mexico, founded 1957 by John Crosby. Orig. theatre destroyed by fire 1967, rebuilt 1968 (capacity 1,889), again rebuilt 1998 (capacity 2,128). 2‐month annual summer fest., ...
English National Opera

English National Opera  

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English opera company with policy of usually performing operas in English. It assumed this name in 1974, six years after having moved into the London Coliseum in St Martin's Lane from its previous ...
Hans Werner Henze

Hans Werner Henze  

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(1926– )German composer. One of the most prolific of contemporary composers, he has a worldwide reputation as a conductor of his own works.Parental opposition to music as a career and to the arts in ...
Autonoe

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A Dictionary of Opera Characters (2 ed.)

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2008
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...( Henze : The Bassarids ). Sop. Sister of Agave, and aunt of Pentheus. Created ( 1966 ) by Ingeborg Hallstein...

Cadmus

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A Dictionary of Opera Characters (2 ed.)

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2008
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...1 ( Handel : Semele ). Bass. King of Thebes, father of Ino and Semele. Created ( 1744 ) by Henry Reinhold . 2 ( Henze : The Bassarids ). Bass. Founder of Thebes, he abdicated in favour of his grandson Pentheus. Created ( 1966 ) by Peter Lagger...

Tiresias

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A Dictionary of Opera Characters (2 ed.)

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2008
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...1 ( Stravinsky : Oedipus Rex ). Bass. The blind Seer who refuses to help Oedipus discover the truth about the death of King Laius. He is accused by Oedipus of plotting to seize the throne of Thebes. Created ( 1927 ) by Kapiton Zaporojetz . 2 ( Henze : The Bassarids ). Ten. A blind old prophet. Created ( 1966 ) by Helmut Melchert...

Agave

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A Dictionary of Opera Characters (2 ed.)

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2008
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...( Henze : The Bassarids ). Mez. Daughter of King Cadmus of Thebes, mother of Pentheus, who succeeds to the throne. Hypnotized by Dionysus and his world, she leads the Bacchantes who kill Pentheus when he comes to their Mount Cythaeron, failing to recognize him as her son. Created ( 1966 ) by Kerstin Meyer...

Dionysus

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A Dictionary of Opera Characters (2 ed.)

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2008
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...( Henze : The Bassarids ). Ten. Leader of the Bacchantes (Greek Dionysus = Roman Bacchus). In disguise, he enables Pentheus to see his own subconscious sexual fantasies and persuades him to dress as a woman and go to Mount Cythaeron, where he is killed. Created ( 1966 ) by Loren Driscoll...

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