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Bassarids, The

Composer:
Hans Werner Henze
Original Language:
English. However, the premiere was performed in a German translation by Maria Basse-Sporleder
Librettist:
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.
Description:
Opera in One Act with Intermezzo
Notes:

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).

Time:
Antiquity
Place:
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