Schedule C

Bassarids, The

Hans Werner Henze
Original Language:
English. However, the premiere was performed in a German translation by Maria Basse-Sporleder
Text is a free adaptation by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman of the The Bacchae of Euripides. “Bassarids” is an alternative name for Bacchae, or worshippers of Dionysus.
Opera in One Act with Intermezzo

Composed in the form of a Symphony – a continuous work in four movements, and Intermezzo (which is between the 1st and 2nd parts of the 3rd movement).

The Royal Palace in Thebes & Mount Cythaeron
Role Voice Part Classification
Dionysus (also Voice & Stranger) Tenor L
Pentheus, King of Thebes Baritone L
Agave, daughter of Cadmus, mother of Pentheus Mezzo Soprano L
Autonoe, her sister Soprano F
Cadmus, founder of Thebes Bass F
Tiresias, old, blind prophet Tenor (with Intermezzo=F) S
Captain of the Royal Guard Baritone (with Intermezzo=F) S
Beroe, old slave, nurse to Pentheus Mezzo Soprano S
Young Woman, slave in Agave’s house Mute
Child, her daughter Mute
Male Bacchant in 2nd & 3rd movement CB
Minimum Chorus:  40
Divisi:  SATB