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Aegyptische Helena

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Richard Strauss


Hugo von Hofmannsthal


6 June 1928, Dresden (Staatsoper)




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About the opera Aegyptische Helena

Die ägyptische Helena (The Egyptian Helen) is an opera in two acts by Richard Strauss to a German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. It premiered at the Dresden Semperoper on June 6, 1928. Strauss had written the title role with Maria Jeritza in mind but, creating quite a sensation at the time, the Dresden opera management refused to pay Jeritza's large fee and cast Elisabeth Rethberg instead as Helen of Troy. Jeritza eventually created the part in Vienna and New York.
As inspiration for the story, Hofmannsthal used sources from Euripides and Stesichorus. Strauss made changes to the opera in 1933, five years after the premiere, working with the director Lothar Wallenstein and the conductor Clemens Krauss.
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Roles in Aegyptische Helena

Helena Soprano
Menelaus Tenor
Hermione Soprano
Aithra Soprano
Altair Baritone
Da-Ud Tenor
Two Servants of Aithra Soprano,Mezzo-Soprano
Four elves 2 Sopranos,2 Contraltos

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Type: Voice: sopranoLanguage: German