Die Liebe der Danae

 

Richard Strauss Die Liebe der Danae opera to libretto by Joseph Gregor after Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Directed 2016 by Alvis Hermanis at the Salzburg Festival. Stars Krassimira Stoyanova (Danae), Tomasz Konieczny (Jupiter), Norbert Ernst (Merkur), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Pollux), Regine Hangler (Xanthe), Gerhard Siegel (Midas alias Chrysopher), Pavel Kolgatin, Andi Früh, Ryan Speedo Green, and Jongmin Park (Four Kings), Mária Celeng (Semele), Olga Bezsmertna (Europa), Michaela Selinger (Alkmene), and Jennifer Johnston (Leda). Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor (Chorus Master Ernst Raffelsberger). Set design by Alvis Hermanis; costume design by Juozas Statkevičius; choreography by Alla Sigalova; lighting design by Gleb Filshtinsky; dramatic advisor was Ronny Dietrich; video design by Ineta Sipunova, Directed for TV by Agnes Méth. Released 2017, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio and 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. Grade: NA

This next-to-last opera from Richard Stauss is still a largely unexplored continent. The only two modern recordings are both listed on this website: (1) the 2011 Andrew Litton version and (2) subject title conducted by Welser-Möst at the 2016 Salzburg Festival. Hugo Shirley, writing in the Gramophone 2017 Awards issue (at pages 120-121) praises the music and pans the directing at Salzburg and recommends the Litton version for  explorers.

Well, here's an official clip which looks pretty good to me!