Opera - Death in Venice
Death in Venice, Op. 88
An opera in two acts
Libretto by Myfanwy Piper based on the short story by Thomas Mann
Scene 1. Munich
Aschenbach: 'My mind beats on'
He is suddenly aware of the Traveller. . .
Aschenbach: 'Who's that?'
Aschenbach: 'I have always kept a close watch over my development'
Scene 2. On the boat to Venice
Youths: 'Hey there, hey there, you!'
Scene 3. The journey to the Lido
Aschenbach: 'Ah Serenissima!'
Aschenbach: 'Mysterious gondola'
Scene 4. The first evening at the hotel
Hotel Manager: 'We are delighted to greet the Signore'
Aschenbach: 'So I am led to Venice once again'
Hotel Guests: 'The Lido is so charming, is it not?'
Aschenbach: 'How does such beauty come about?'
Scene 5. On the beach
Aschenbach and Hotel Guests stroll about -
Aschenbach: 'The wind is from the West'
A group of children play at beach games. . .
Strawberry Seller: 'Le bele fragole'
Aschenbach: 'Ah, how peaceful to contemplate the sea'
children's games with Tadzio as ringleader
Chorus: 'Adziù, Adziù!'
Aschenbach: 'As one who strives to create beauty'
Scene 6. The foiled departure
Aschenbach crosses to Venice in a gondola -
Gondolier: 'Aou'! Stagando, aou'!'
Hotel Manager: 'Naturally Signore, I understand'
Hotel Porter: 'There you are, Signore, just in time'
Aschenbach: 'I am become like one of my early heroes'
Hotel Manager: 'A thousand apologies to the Signore'
Scene 7. The Games of Apollo
Chorus of Hotel Guests: 'Beneath a dazzling sky the sea. . .'
Chorus: 'No boy, but Phoebus of the golden hair'
Chorus: 'See where Hyacinthus plays'
Chorus: 'Phaedrus learned what beauty is'
Chorus: 'First, the race!'
Chorus: 'Try your skill'
Chorus: 'Young discobolus'
Chorus: 'Up and over'
Chorus: 'Measure to fight'
Aschenbach: 'The boy, Tadzio, shall inspire me'
Aschenbach: 'So, it has come to this'
Scene 8. The Hotel Barber's shop (i)
Hotel Barber: 'Guardate, Signore'
Scene 9. The pursuit
Aschenbach is crossing to Venice -
Aschenbach: 'Do I detect a scent?'
Aschenbach begins to follow the family
Aschenbach: 'And now I cannot let them out of sight'
Chorus: 'Kyrie eleison'
Aschenbach: 'Gustav von Aschenbach, what is this path you have taken?'
Scene 10. The Strolling Players
Hotel Porter: 'This way for the players, Signori!'
The Leader of the Players comes forward. . .
Leader of the Players: 'La mia nonna always used to tell me'
Leader of the Players: 'Fiorir rose in mezo al giasso'
A Young English Clerk: 'One moment, if you please'
Scene 11. The travel bureau
Scene 12. The Lady of the Pearls
Aschenbach walks up and down agitatedly -
Aschenbach: 'So it is true, true, more fearful than I thought'
Aschenbach: 'So - I didn't speak!'
Scene 13. The dream
Voice of Dionysus: 'Receive the stranger god'
Scene 14. The empty beach
Aschenbach slowly moves to his chair on the beach. . . -
Aschenbach: 'Do what you will with me!'
Scene 15. The Hotel Barber's shop (ii)
Hotel Barber: 'Yes! a very wise decision, if I may say so'
Scene 16. The last visit to Venice
Aschenbach, with his new appearance, is seen getting gaily into a gondola -
Aschenbach: 'Hurrah for the Piazza'
Aschenbach: 'Does beauty lead to wisdom, Phaedrus?'
Scene 17. The departure
Hotel Manager: 'The wind still blows from the land'
The Hotel Manager watches Aschenbach go out to the deserted beach. . .
Aschenbach: 'Ah, no!'
Philip Langridge tenor - Gustav von Aschenbach
Alan Opie baritone - The Traveller, The Elderly Fop, The Old Gondolier, The Hotel Manager, The Hotel Barber, The Leader of the Players, The Voice of Dionysus
Michael Chance counter-tenor - The Voice of Apollo
21-24 July 2004