Richard Wagner

Das Liebesverbot (The Ban on Love)

Gyula season ticket


Grand comic opera in two acts, in Hungarian, with Hungarian surtitles

Große komische Oper – these words make for unfamiliar reading where Wagnerian genre descriptions are concerned. Aside from 1868's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, the great German composer wrote only one other comic opera: Das Liebesverbot, an early work from the start of his career.
Based on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, Wagner substantially revised the plot, but its theme nevertheless remains intact: repressed desire and a criticism of false prudery, all presented as a comedy. This collaboration with the Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca) Hungarian Opera is directed by Máté Szabó.

Friedrich, the governor of Sicily, has banned frivolous entertainment of all sorts – including love. Claudio violates the statutes, and is therefore condemned to death. However, his sister Isabella, a novice in a convent, begs Friedrich to have mercy on him. The governor is willing to pardon the culprit, but only under one condition: the beautiful Isabella must join him for a secret tryst. The future nun pretends to agree to the deal, but in fact is weaving a plot against Friedrich: instead of going to the assignation herself, she sends Friedrich's wife, Mariana, who has been hidden away in a convent. She also arranges for her to meet him amidst the bustle of the forbidden carnival. The two ladies expose the hypocritical governor. Claudio regains his freedom, and the ban on love comes to an end.

Details

Location
Erkel Theatre
Date
Jan. 12, 2017
Start time
18:00
End time
20:45

Cast

Conductor
György Selmeczi
Friedrich, governor of Sicily
Sándor Balla
Luzio
Levente Szabó
Claudio
Adorján Pataki
Isabella
Apollónia Egyed
Mariana
Zsuzsa Barabás
Brighella
János Szilágyi
Danieli
Árpád Sándor
Dorella
Judit Hary
Pontio Pilato
Zsombor Rétyi

Credits

Librettist
Richard Wagner
Translator
Lajos Csákovics
Director
Máté Szabó
Set designer
Balázs Cziegler
Costume designer
Ildi Tihanyi
Choreographer
Melinda Jakab

Premiere
Sept. 29, 2015

Events

2017. January 12., Thu, 18:00
2017. January 14., Sat, 18:00