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"Daphne" is one of the last operas by Richard Strauss. The plot is based on a myth from ancient mythology and was handed down by the poets Ovid and Plutarch, among others. Since then, the material has been present in art, music and literature. In "Daphne", Richard Strauss combines symphonic sounds and lyrical passages in a chamber music gesture to create an impressive musical drama. Today, "Daphne" is one of the composer's rarely performed works.

Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin Mitte
Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin Mitte visitberlin, Foto Wolfgang Scholvien

The new production of the opera is by Romeo Castellucci, whose works are characterized by a powerfully suggestive visual language in which music, light and visual art merge.

The world in which Daphne lives is alien to her. As the embodiment of nature, human behavior and desire are far from her. Apollo and Leukippos appear at the festival of Dionysus. Both desire Daphne. Leukippos' plan works: Daphne loses herself in intoxication. Too late, Apollo, cursed by Leukippos, realizes that he has acted against his divine destiny and the nature of Daphne ...

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Staatsoper Unter den Linden - Apollosaal