Theater an der Wien, Sujet 2016/17

Elegy for young lovers

Music by Hans Werner Henze                               

Libretto by Wystan Hugh Auden and Chester Simon Kallman

German version by Ludwig Landgraf in collaboration by Werner Schachteli und Hans Werner Henze

Director Keith Warner

In German with German surtitles

Production of Theater an der Wien

Premiere: 2. 5. 2017

Hans Werner Henze and his librettists, the English poets Wystan Hugh Auden and Chester Simon Kallman, dedicated Elegy for Young Lovers, a commissioned work first performed in 1961 at the Schwetzingen Festival, "to the memory of Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Austrian, European and master librettist". The work was intended to hover between ironic comedy and tragedy in the spirit of Hofmannsthal. Satirical elements are juxtaposed with melancholy and even harrowing ones. Like a chamber play, a drama about an artist unfolds that is open to many interpretations and was inspired by William Butler Yeats' motto, "The intellect of man is forced to choose perfection of the life or of the work". Henze created a contemporary score to the drama that never forgets its attachment to European operatic tradition. The composition possesses enormous musical diversity, a nuanced, transparent sound pattern that always abides by the primacy of the vocal part and does justice to the libretto's wealth of relationships with classical recitatives and also extends to highly virtuoso solo and ensemble passages.

As of June 15, 2016 ticket sale at the box-offices (Theater an der Wien, Wien-Ticket Pavillon) as well as telephone and online booking for performances until December 31, 2016. Tickets for performances as of January 1, 2017 will be available as of September 1, 2016.


Theater an der Wien

Linke Wienzeile 6
1060 Wien

Tickets & Info

  • 25 - 148 €


Current Dates

  • Tue. 02 May 2017, 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 04 May 2017, 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 07 May 2017, 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 09 May 2017, 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 11 May 2017, 7 p.m.